Suns title favorites again; Devin Booker, Chris Paul top 3 for Finals MVP
The tune from sportsbook oddsmakers around the Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker has changed following the team’s last three games.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Suns as the favorites once again to bring home their first NBA title in franchise history at +200 odds, meaning a wager of $100 would net the bettor $200 in profit.
It also has Booker listed as the favorite to win NBA Finals MVP at +460, followed by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (+500) and a tie for third between Phoenix guard Chris Paul and Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler at +600.
The change in odds favorites comes after Booker’s return from a right hamstring strain and the Suns’ four-game winning streak in the playoffs.
Having entered the postseason as title favorites with the NBA’s best regular-season record of 64-18 — which is also a franchise record — Phoenix’s championship odds dipped in sportsbooks after Booker started missing games and the first-round series with the New Orleans Pelicans was tied at 2-2.
But since returning in the series-clinching Game 6 win, Booker has gone for 23 and 30 points in Games 1 and 2 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks en route to a 2-0 series lead.
Booker also nearly had a triple-double in Game 1 on Monday, but came up just shy with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Meanwhile, Paul continues to defy Father Time with his absurd perfect 14-for-14 shooting night in New Orleans to eliminate his former team and coach Willie Green.
In eight games this postseason, he is averaging 22.6 points on 58% shooting to go along with 9.9 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.
The Suns travel to Dallas to take on the Mavs for Game 3 at 6:30 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.