Curry favorite to win his first Finals MVP

Stephen Curry Golden State has never won an NBA Finals MVP award, but oddsmakers think this is his year.

Curry is the consensus favorite to be named Finals MVP between the Warriors and Boston Celtics at sportsbooks across the country. He’s Caesars Sportsbook favorite at +100.

Jayson Tatum from Boston is the second favorite at +180, followed by his Celtics teammate, Jaylene Brown (+1,000). The following are Klay Thompson (+1,500) and Draymond Green (+1,800) from Golden State. However, most of the action is on Curry, who hasn’t won MVP in his previous five Finals appearances.

Curry has attracted the most bets and almost half (44%) of the total money wagered at Caesars Sportsbook, including a pair of $2,500 bets made by a bettor in Colorado when the Warriors point guard was 10-1 to win the MVP. Curry has also earned the most bets and the most money wagered to win MVP at BetMGM sportsbooks.

However, the largest payout on a single MVP wager at Caesars Sportsbook goes to jordan poole from Golden State. On April 16, as the playoffs began, a bettor in Colorado placed a $500 bet on Poole to win Finals MVP at odds of 200-1. Poole’s odds have been cut to 30-1 going into the Finals, which begin Thursday in San Francisco.

Around the same time, a bettor in Colorado with sports book PointsBet placed a $3,333 bet on Thompson to win MVP at odds of 100-1. That bet would pay a net $333,300 if Thompson wins on his return to the Finals.

Curry was named Western Conference Finals MVP and, with a Finals MVP, would join an illustrious list of seven players who have been named Finals and regular-season MVPs and won a scoring title: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal Y Wilt Chamberlin.

But Curry now faces one of his toughest defenders in Marcus Smart from Boston. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Warriors have their second-worst offensive efficiency when Smart defends Curry. Smart has +3,500 odds to win Finals MVP at Caesars Sportsbook.

Golden State began the week as a 3.5-point favorite over the Celtics in Game 1 on Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes/ESPN3/ABC).

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Curry favorite to win his first Finals MVP