2010 NBA Finals MVP Odds list Kobe Bryant as big favorite
NBA Finals betting action commences on Thursday night at Staples Center in what should be a fantastic series between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the superstars that this series has to offer, as we analyze what the NBA Finals MVP odds mean to each of these teams.
Kobe Bryant (-250 NBA Finals MVP Odds) – Here’s the reason that the Lakers are -190 favorites on the NBA Finals series lines to win it all. Bryant is an odds on favorite to win the MVP award in this series because of the fact that he simply does it all. Simply put: If it’s playoff time, it’s Kobe time. Bryant went off for 30+ points in four straight games against Phoenix in the Western Conference Finals, and that doesn’t even include his 40 point outburst in Game 1. Bryant is clutch and can hit shots from anywhere on the court whenever he pleases regardless of what defenders are in his face. If the Lakers are winning it all, it’s hard to see how anyone else can be the MVP in purple and gold.
Rajon Rondo (+100 NBA Finals MVP Odds) – Even though we think these are terrible odds on Rondo, it’s fairly clear that he is going to be one of the key cogs for HC Doc Rivers if the C’s are winning their second championship in the L/3 years. Rondo nearly averaged a triple-double in the series against the Cavaliers, but his matchup is going to be significantly tougher against the Lakers with G Derek Fisher guarding him. The Kentucky product had a hard time trying to get traction against Orlando, as he was non-existent for parts of that series. Still, as a dynamic four tool player, Rondo is good enough to go for 20+ points, 15+ assists, 10+ rebounds, and 5+ steals all on the same night, which makes him a great candidate to win the NBA Finals MVP award.
Paul Pierce (+500 NBA Finals MVP Odds) – If “The Truth” is served over these next couple of weeks, the Celtics are going to be in great shape. Pierce scored 30+ in two of the final three games against the Magic to lead the way through the Eastern Conference Finals. If there is a player on the Celtics roster that has the ability to take over a game the way that Kobe does, it’s Pierce. He is the captain of the team and will clearly have his number hanging in the hallowed rafters at the Garden when his career is over. Pierce had a pair of bad games against the Lakers in the regular season, scoring just 13.0 points per game in two Boston defeats. However, in the NBA Finals in 2008, the former Kansas Jayhawk stood toe to toe with Bryant and had significantly more efficient games, as he did in Game 1 when he scored 22 points on 7/10 shooting. Bryant scored 24 that day, but needed 26 shots from the field to get there. Pierce may be the man to really keep a close eye on for this award at relatively long odds.
Full list of Celtics vs. Lakers MVP Odds:
Andrew Bynum (Lakers)
Derek Fisher (Lakers)
Kendrick Perkins (Celtics)
Kevin Garnett (Celtics)
Kobe Bryant (Lakers)
Lamar Odom (Lakers)
Pau Gasol (Lakers)
Paul Pierce (Celtics)
Rajon Rondo (Celtics)
Rasheed Wallace (Celtics)
Ray Allen (Celtics)
Ron Artest (Lakers)