2023 NBA Finals Odds: Here's a Long Shot MVP to Bet On

2023 NBA Finals Odds: Here's a Long Shot MVP to Bet On
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Ty Bronicel
Ty Bronicel
May 22nd 2023

I’ve been either playing, watching, or writing about sports since I was 6.

I can’t even imagine how many games and series I’ve seen.

But never in a million years did I expect what’s transpired in these NBA conference finals.

Both the Lakers and the Celtics down 0-3? Get the hell out of here.

But here we are.


Boston will be looking for a new coach Wednesday morning while the Lakers will be wondering if they’re just too old now. They’ll definitely need to add some youth this offseason but I don’t believe they’ll depart with their coach, Darvin Ham. The Celtics absolutely will.

Here’s how off I was, writing on Friday:

It’s still going to be Celtics vs. Lakers in the 2023 NBA Finals.

Over the weekend, this statement has aged about as well as milk when you leave the refrigerator door open in 90-degree heat after you’ve gone on a weekend retreat.

So, yeah, there are idiots among us … and I guess I’m going to be in the group photo soon?

However, I can assure you, nobody – and I mean nobody – saw this coming. Not both of the greatest franchises in the history of the NBA being down 0-3? No way. Too much pride, we figured. They’ll find a way, we thought.

The truth is, the Nuggets are just flat-out better and younger and quicker than the Lakers, and the Heat have overwhelming depth and an all-time great coach, Eric Spoelstra, who has schooled his counterpart, 34-year-old Joe Mazulla.

Anyhow, OK. What does it all mean?

Well, let’s look at the latest odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook, one of our favorite gambling sites out there, the Nuggets are now bigger betting favorites to win it all (-210).

2023 NBA Champion

Denver Nuggets -210

Miami Heat +220

Boston Celtics +1600

Los Angeles Lakers +4000

2023 NBA Finals MVP

Nikola Jokic -165

Jimmy Butler +280

Jamal Murray +750

Jayson Tatum +1900

Bam Adebayo +3500

LeBron James +5500

Anthony Davis +6500

Jaylen Brown +8000

Michael Porter Jr. +17000

Aaron Gordon +17000

D'Angelo Russell +50000

Austin Reaves +50000

Malcolm Brogdon +50000

Derrick White +50000

2023 NBA Finals Matchup

Miami Heat vs Denver Nuggets -800

Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets +800

Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers +1900

Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers +13000

2023 NBA Finals Exact Result

Denver Nuggets to beat Miami Heat -180

Miami Heat to beat Denver Nuggets +230

Boston Celtics to beat Denver Nuggets +1600

Denver Nuggets to beat Boston Celtics +1700

Miami Heat to beat Los Angeles Lakers +3100

Los Angeles Lakers to beat Miami Heat +4100

Boston Celtics to beat Los Angeles Lakers +17000

Los Angeles Lakers to beat Boston Celtics +32000

Since no NBA team has ever come back from an 0-3 playoff deficit stay away from any comeback theories.

Of all of these options, I love the Bam Adebayo as MVP bet. Just throw a little at the big man. He’s been excellent in these playoffs.

He will have a huge series in the Finals – promise ya – because the Nuggets will do everything they can to limit Jimmy Butler’s points.

It’s true that the NBA Finals MVP more often than not has been the best player on the best team, but every once in a while there’s an unsung, underrated overlooked stud who emerges on the biggest stage.

Without looking it up, guess who was the MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals from the Golden State Warriors’ star-studded championship team?

Andre Iguodala.

I still don’t think the Heat can beat the Nuggets but at this point, who the hell knows?

There could be another Miami championship and perhaps Adebayo is this year’s Iguodala.

Stranger things have happened – and continue to.

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