NBA Finals MVP Odds: Stephen Curry and Jayson Tatum Lead the Field Ahead of Game 1
Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics.
2022 NBA Finals MVP Odds
Odds as of Tuesday and via BetMGM
|Player||Finals MVP Odds|
|Gary Payton II||+50000|
The NBA Finals begin Thursday and the two inaugural winners of the Eastern and Western Conference championship MVP trophies are the favorites to win Finals MVP.
Stephen Curry, who leads the Golden State Warriors in scoring for the postseason, opened as a +110 favorite to win the award at BetMGM. Curry has come up short in his three previous Finals wins — Andre Iguodala won in 2015, and Kevin Durant won in 2017 and 2018.
Jayson Tatum, who also leads his Boston Celtics in scoring in the playoffs, is just behind Curry on the board at +175. The drop off from the two superstars to the second tier stars is steep. Jaylen Brown is listed at 10-1 to win Finals MVP entering Game 1 while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green both have 14-1 odds to take home the Bill Russell trophy.
In the next tier, key players who have come up big throughout the playoffs for both teams are all longshots to win: Jordan Poole (25-1), Marcus Smart (30-1), Andrew Wiggins (40-1) and Al Horford (100-1).
It’s not out of the realm of possibility for those players to take home the hardware if their team does get the win. In the past 20 seasons, three players — Chauncey Billups (2004), Kawhi Leonard (2014) and Iguodala (2015) — won Finals MVP despite not leading their team in scoring.