NBA Finals MVP Odds

NBA Finals MVP Odds

It’s deja vu all over again in the NBA Finals. For the second straight year the Heat and Spurs will do battle for the championship. Both teams are familiar to being in this spot having played in a combined nine title tilts sine 1999 with San Antonio going 4-1, and Miami 3-1 prior to 2014. The series will also feature a total of seven Finals MVP awards between LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade, and Tony Parker. More than likely one of the four will claim yet another trophy when all is said and done, but there are a few other candidates with an outside chance. Here are the early odds for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.

LeBron James 11/10 – The obvious choice. James has won the last two MVPs and appears poised to make it three in a row, if Miami brings home the title. Kevin Durant might be the league MVP, but there’s little doubt that LeBron is the game’s most complete player. A third championship and MVP crown would only add to his growing legacy.

Tim Duncan 9/4 – Duncan has three MVP trophies to his name and might be in last hurrah mode. The 38-year-old hasn’t mentioned retirement, but going out on top sounds very appealing for one of the game’s greatest big men. He’s not the dominant force he once was, but Duncan still has the skills and savvy to get the job done.

Tony Parker 9/4 – Parker bested James in 2007 when the Spurs swept the Cavaliers and will be looking for his second MVP award. He, more so than Duncan, is the catalyst to San Antonio’s recent success. He can be inconsistent, but when Parker is clicking on all cylinders he is tough to stop. How the Heat defend him will be a key matchup to watch.

Dwyane Wade 7/1 – Wade is the healthiest he’s been in years and is playing at a very high level. He’s not the same one-man wrecking crew he was in the 2006 Finals, but D-Wade is still capable of taking over games. With the Spurs concentrating on limiting James, Wade must be sharp for the Heat to win a third consecutive championship.

Manu Ginobili 9/1 – At 36, the super sixth man remains one of the deadliest long-range shooters and craftiest distributors in the game. If you’re looking for an MVP sleeper, Ginobili is worth a look. He was fantastic in Games 5 and 7 of the 2013 Finals. If he gets in a groove, Miami’s thin bench will be tested.

Chris Bosh 20/1 – The third member of the Big Three was at his best in the last three games versus Indiana. He was also a force in last year’s Finals, recording four double-doubles in seven games. Bosh often gets lost in the shuffle, but he presence in the paint and ability to hit jumpers shouldn’t be overlooked.

Field 70/1 – Nobody on this list has much of a chance. However, if Kawhi Leonard miraculously shuts down LeBron, he’ll be more than deserving.