Warriors vs. Cavaliers - NBA Finals MVP, Pick, Odds, Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (65-31) at Golden State Warriors (79-18)
May 29, 2015
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I already gave out my game one and series prediction for the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, it’s time to take a look at the MVP odds as another way to make some money during this series. Last year, Kawhi Leonard came with odds of +1500, so there’s certainly money to be made if you play your cards right.
Here’s a few guys you should consider adding to your ticket.
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LeBron James - The most obvious selection has to be LeBron with odds currently set at +210. Right now, you can get LeBron to win the MVP with higher odds than the Cavs to win the series. Basically, if you think Cleveland wins the title, you should be hammering this bet instead. Simply because, history has shown us that the best player on the winning team usually wins the award. I would be shocked if LeBron didn’t win this award if the Cavs won the championship. This is pretty much free money if you think the Warriors aren’t going to come through on the NBA title.
Klay Thompson - With his Splash Brother bringing in pointless odds of -200, let’s take a look at Klay Thompson who you can get with odds of +1400. Thompson really struggled in the series against the Houston Rockets, but he shot damn near 44 percent from deep in the regular season and has the real potential to fill it up to the point nobody can stop him. Thompson should have plenty of looks in this series because I think we’re going to see LeBron spending a lot of time trying to limit Curry. Thompson is not shy and has already let off 246 shots in these playoffs. If he gets hot and helps lead the Warriors to a title, this could be a big payday on the side.
J.R. Smith - Oh, you have to do it. J.R. Smith winning the MVP of the Finals would be one of the greatest things to happen to the NBA. While it sounds nearly impossible, Smith is a big reason the Cavs are where they are, as he shot 50 percent from the field against the Atlanta Hawks and is shooting 40 percent from deep in the playoffs. Smith is getting quality looks and hasn’t missed much, which includes scoring 17 or more points in three of his last four games. With the way things have played out, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Smith hit a game-winner in this series and some big shots late in other games. Don’t go crazy, but the former Knicks’ player is worth a look at odds of +8000.
Kyrie Irving - It’s been awhile since Kyrie Irving has been his usual self due to injuries, but this week off should get him real close to 100 percent. We all know what Kyrie can do when he’s feeling good, as he shot nearly 47 percent and averaged 5.2 assists during the regular season. Kyrie is one of the top point guards in the NBA and is that guy to take over games when LeBron needs help. You can get Kyrie with odds of +1200, and if he’s healthy, well, I really like your chances.
Harrison Barnes - If you’re looking to really open the bank with a long shot, throw some money down on Harrison Barnes with odds of +15000. Barnes has had his moments these playoffs, as he shot 54.4 percent from the field against Memphis and scored 24 points in the closeout game against the Rockets. Barnes has shown that he can be the difference maker when Curry and Thompson aren’t lighting the net on fire. In fact, Barnes has topped double-digit points in 11 of the 15 playoff games this season. It’s the longest of longshots, but Barnes has played well enough to the point these odds have some value.