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NBA Finals MVP betting odds favor Chris Paul, Devin Booker over Giannis

Jul 6, 2021, 8:09 AM

JUNE 01: Devin Booker #1 and Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half in Game Five o...

JUNE 01: Devin Booker #1 and Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half in Game Five of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at Phoenix Suns Arena on June 01, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Two Phoenix Suns lead the odds of who will win the 2021 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player honor.

And that is obviously because the Milwaukee Bucks’ two-time regular season MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is doubtful heading into Game 1 of the series with a knee injury.

SportsBetting.ag is favoring Phoenix guard Chris Paul to win the series MVP at +130, while teammate Devin Booker comes in at second with +230 odds.

In his 13th playoff appearance, Paul is averaging 18.1 points, 8.7 assists,1.4 steals and shooting 47% from the field in 32.8 minutes of work. But he’s suffered a shoulder injury in the first round of the playoffs, a COVID-19-caused absence in the Western Conference Finals and after returning, dealt with hand and finger issues.

Booker has drawn quite the attention from opposing defenses all postseason long yet is averaging 27.0 points, 6.4 rebound and 4.8 assists per game.

Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, missed the last two games of the Bucks’ Eastern Conference Finals series win against the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a hyperextended knee.

Bucks owner Marc Lasry told CNBC on Tuesday before Game 1 he expected Milwaukee’s leader will play but added, “The question is when.”

Paul and Booker lead the odds because the Suns are also series favorites to win the title.

The betting line opened in their favor for Game 1 at -5.5, but that’s moved to -6 as of Tuesday morning, according to OddsShark.com. Milwaukee is 3-9 against the spread in its last 12 games as an underdog.

Here’s a peek at the full Finals MVP odds, plus other prop bets for the series.

NBA Finals MVP Odds

Chris Paul +130

Devin Booker +230

Giannis Antetokounmpo +325

Khris Middleton  +600

Jrue Holiday +1000

Deandre Ayton +2500

Brook Lopez +8000

PPG over/under series average

Giannis Antetokounmpo – 27.5

Devin Booker – 26.5

Khris Middleton – 24.5

Jrue Holiday – 18.5

Chris Paul – 18.0

Deandre Ayton – 16.0

Brook Lopez – 12.5

Jae Crowder – 10.5

Mikal Bridges – 10.5

APG over/under series average

Chris Paul – 9.0

Jrue Holiday – 8.5

Giannis Antetokounmpo – 5.0

Devin Booker – 4.5

Deandre Ayton RPG series average

Over/Under 16.0

Bucks 3-point FG series average

Over/Under 11.5

Suns 3-point FG series average

Over/Under 11.5

First team to be called for technical foul

Phoenix Suns -250

Milwaukee Bucks +170

Total flagrant fouls in series

Over/Under 1.5

Largest margin of victory in any game

Over/Under 17.5

Highest scoring game by any player

Over/Under 34.5

Highest scoring game by any team

Over/Under 124.5

Highest scoring game by any team

Over/Under 89.5

Will any game go to overtime?

Yes +300

No -500

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