2019 NBA Bill Russell Finals MVP Award: Predictions and Odds

When will the NBA MVP winner be announced? 

The MVP winners will be announced during the 2019 NBA MVP Awards that will go on live on June 24th on TNT. There is no announcement yet on who will be the host this year. 

Overview

The NBA Finals are underway and we’re here to make some predictions about who might be in line to win the NBA Finals MVP Award! The odds are dynamic as the series wears on, so don’t be surprised to see players move up and down the rankings.

This series between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors maintains an amazing three different former Finals MVP’s on the collective rosters. Kevin Durant is a two-time Finals MVP with the Warriors, Andre Iguodala is the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, while the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard was the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.

While those stars shine brightest, there are a chosen few that have risen to the occasion and looked primed to make a run for the award themselves.

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Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry Career Highlights and Awards

  • 3x NBA Champion (2015, 2017, 2018)
  • 2x NBA Most Valuable Player (2015, 2016)
  • 6x NBA All-Star (2014-2019)
  • 3x All-NBA First Team (2015, 2016, 2019)
  • NBA Scoring Champion (2016)
  • NBA Steals Leader (2016)

There is little else to say about Stephen Curry at this point in his career, he is one of the best point guards to ever play the game. His shooting has revolutionized the way the NBA is played, and despite many doubts, at the beginning of his career, he’s overcome to become one of histories greatest.

The NBA Finals MVP Award has eluded him though. Taken by Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant in his championship seasons, Stephen Curry seems primed to take the award this year. Durant is seemingly out injured while Iguodala isn’t the player he used to be.

At 30 years old, Curry is on pace for one of his greatest playoff performances of his career. He is averaging 27.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.6 assists while shooting 39% from three and 45% from the field. Barring a steep dive in form or injury, Curry seems likely to stamp his name next to the likes of Tony Parker, Chauncey Billups, Isiah Thomas, and Magic Johnson as the only point guards to win the award in the modern era.

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard Career Highlights and Awards

  • NBA Champion (2014)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2014)
  • 3x NBA All-Star (2016, 2017, 2019)
  • 2x All-NBA First Team (2016, 2017)
  • 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
  • 3x NBA All-Defensive First Team (2015-2017)
  • NBA Steals Leader (2015)

Kawhi Leonard may not be the most flamboyant NBA player to grace the court, but his ability on both ends of the floor have many deeming him one of the all-time greatest. A former NBA Champion and Finals MVP with the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard is looking to take the seasons greatest rewards as the undisputed leader for the first time.

Leonard has been the best player in the 2019 NBA Playoffs. While he was always considered great, his improvement on both ends of the court has been shocking. He is leading the Raptors as one of their primary offensive facilitators, a role he was far from during his first NBA Championship and Finals MVP award.

During these playoffs, Leonard is averaging 31.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.6 steals on 39% shooting from three and 51% shooting from the field. He has seen multiple defenders and been guarded by the best on the opposing team. He also has the task of guarding the opponents most talented offensive piece. At this rate, a win for the Raptors almost guarantees the award for him.

Draymond Green

Draymond Green Career Highlights and Awards

  • 3x NBA Champion (2015, 2017, 2018)
  • 3x NBA All-Star
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2017)
  • 3x All-Defensive First Team (2015-2017)
  • NBA Steals Leader (2017)

Once thought to be an auxiliary piece in the development of the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green has pushed himself to the forefront of the Warriors rotation due to his versatility on both sides of the court. He is essential to the Warriors’ success, pushing him to the front of the Finals MVP conversation.

Draymond Green is one of the NBA’s best defenders, the absolute best if you were to ask him. However, with Kevin Durant out of the lineup, his contributions on the offensive end have been even more valuable. His playmaking and ability to push the pace off of the rebound are second to none in this series. With his speed, he has the unique ability to alter how the Toronto Raptors play entirely.

Green is averaging 13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 8.2 assists in these playoffs. His long-distance shooting is the only hole in his game at the moment. First, to acknowledge the matter, with Durant in the lineup his role reduces significantly. Should Green remain a focal point, he will stay in the running for the Bill Russell Award. If Durant returns, his chances are likely to decrease greatly.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant Career Highlights and Awards

  • 2x NBA Champion (2017, 2018)
  • 2x NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2014)
  • 10x NBA All-Star (2010-2019)
  • 2x NBA All-Star Game MVP (2012, 2019)
  • 6x All-NBA First Team (2010-2014, 2019)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
  • 4x NBA Scoring Champion (2010-2012, 2014)

It’s a testament to how well Kevin Durant played that he is still in consideration for the award despite being kept out due to injury since the Houston Rockets series. He’s had time to heal – thanks to a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Conference Finals – but is set to return during this series in order to stamp his claim on his third consecutive Finals MVP Award.

Durant was on a torrid scoring pace up until his injury. He was averaging 34.2 points to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists. He shot 51% from the field and 42% from three in that time as well. His performance was topped by a 50 point performance when eliminating the Los Angeles Clippers in round one.

It is still unknown when Durant will be returning to active duty in the series. He has returned to training, but when he steps on the court will be up to his own discretion. Depending on how well the Warriors perform against the Raptors in their first few games without him will surely accelerate or temper the speed of his return.

NBA Finals MVP Odds  

The odds on the NBA Finals MVP are provided by DraftKings. Good luck!

PlayerOddsLink
Stephen Curry-136
Kawhi Leonard+225
Draymond Green+700
Kevin Durant+900
Klay Thompson+2000
Kyle Lowry+3000
Pascal Siakam+5000
Serge Ibaka+10000
DeMarcus Cousins+20000

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If you are in New Jersey you can bet on your favorite to take home an NBA MVP Award with 888Sport and BetStars. Here are the latest odds, good luck!

NBA MVP Odds 888Sport and BetStars NJ

Player888Sport NJ BetStars NJ
Curry, Stephen-152-125
Leonard, Kawhi+275+240
Green, Draymond+425+400
Thompson, Klay+2200+1800
Durant, Kevin+3300+1600
Siakam, Pascal+3300+1500
Iguodala, Andre+8000+6000
Cousins, DeMarcus+10000+4500
Lowry, Kyle+10000+6000
Ibaka, Serge+25000+15000

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