2021 NBA Championship, Finals MVP Betting Odds, Favorite Picks and Longshot Predictions
Saturday, May 22, 2021
by LVSB Team

Previewing the Contenders for the 2021 NBA Playoffs

2021 NBA Championship, Finals MVP Betting Odds, Favorite Picks and Longshot Predictions

We are on the cusp of the NBA playoffs as the play-in round wrapped up Friday night. It’s a playoffs with a ton of intrigue and questions. The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, favorites in each conference come into the dance with lingering injury questions and how well their stars will hold up. In the West, the Jazz and Suns are the top two seeds, both upstarts to be at the very top ahead of both Los Angeles teams and the presumptive MVP plays for a Denver team that was a conference finalist last season.

The Bucks have been chronic underachievers in Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP level seasons these past three years and the 76ers have retooled behind their two superstars in Daryl Morey and Doc Rivers’ first year managing and coaching the team.

And hiding at the bottom of the East is a Heat team that returns the same core that made it all the way to the Finals last season and they are finally healthy.

One of those nine teams -five from the West and four from the East- figure to be the last ones standing. But which one?

Read on below for my pick among the favorites, a team in the cushy middle and a serious longshot for each category and MVP picks for the players I think will lead them to victory.

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2021 NBA Championship
Brooklyn Nets   +240
Los Angeles Lakers   +400
L.A. Clippers   +550
Utah Jazz   +700
Philadelphia 76ers   +800
Milwaukee Bucks   +900
Phoenix Suns   +2000
Denver Nuggets   +3300
Miami Heat   +3500
Dallas Mavericks   +4000
Portland Trail Blazers   +5000
Atlanta Hawks   +10000
New York Knicks   +10000
Boston Celtics   +10000
Washington Wizards   +15000
Memphis Grizzlies   +15000

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook

NBA Championship Winner:

Value Bet: (LA Clippers +550)
What I love about the Los Angeles Clippers is how they’ve essentially flown under the radar all season and they’ve now had two years to build chemistry between their stars and their impressive supporting cast. Kawhi Leonard has shown that he’s capable to taking teams to the very top of the mountain and they have a great balance of offense and defense that should allow them to play any way they need to match opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. They’ve also been the healthiest team among the favorites for most of the season and that counts for a lot in the playoff grind.

Bet to Consider: (Denver +3300)
Nikola Jokic may have gotten even better when his running mate Jamal Murray went down. Aaron Gordon looks like a great fit since coming over at the trade deadline and this is as well a coached team as any team in the mix. Getting the three seed was huge as I believe Portland is possibly the easiest matchup in the first round, so they should benefit from added rest.

Long shot Bet: (Atlanta +10000)
Long Shot picks rarely if ever win in the NBA, so take this with a grain of salt. But the Hawks took a huge leap forward this season, especially after Nate McMillan took over as coach. The team posted a 27-11 record, tied for the third best in the league during that span. They have nine players who scored at least 10 PPG, an emerging superstar in Trae Young and a defensive stalwart in Clint Capela who is garnering some noise as defensive player of the year. They are healthy and with fresh legs could go on a serious run.

2021 NBA - Finals MVP
LeBron James   +450
Kevin Durant   +550
Kawhi Leonard   +900
Kyrie Irving   +900
James Harden   +900
Giannis Antetokounmpo   +1000
Joel Embiid   +1000
Anthony Davis   +1200
Donovan Mitchell   +1400
Paul George   +1400
Nikola Jokic   +2500
Rudy Gobert   +3000
Mike Conley Jr   +3300
Chris Paul   +4000
Ben Simmons   +4000
Danny Booker   +4000
Jimmy Butler   +4500
Luka Doncic   +4500
Damian Lillard   +6600
Khris Middleton   +8000
Trae Young   +8000
Jrue Holiday   +8000
Stephen Curry   +8000
Tobias Harris   +8000
Jayson Tatum   +8000
Jordan Clarkson   +10000
Joe Ingles   +10000
Blake Griffin   +10000
Bojan Bogdanovic   +10000
Julius Randle   +10000
Bradley Beal   +20000
CJ McCollum   +30000
Trevor Ariza   +30000
Russel Westbrook   +30000
Michael Porter Jr   +30000
Carmelo Anthony   +80000
John Collins   +90000
Draymond Green   +90000
Derrick Rose   +100000
Bogdan Bogdanovic   +100000

Odds source: Bovada Sportsbook

Finals MVP Value Bet: (Kawhi Leonard +900)
If the Clippers win it’s because their leader rose to the occasion when it counted the most.

Finals MVP Bet to Consider: (Nikola Jokic +2500)
The regular season MVP leads his team to the promised land.

Finals MVP Long Shot: (Trae Young +8000)
The budding superstar comes into full bloom in just his third year in the league.

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