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But that hasn’t exactly been the case, as it has been the Warriors’ defense that has fueled their dominance of the Cavs and as a result there has been a shakeup in the NBA Finals MVP odds.
The Warriors’ Mr. Everything, Draymond Green, is now the -139 favorite to win the award for the Finals best player, according to online sportsbook Sports Interaction, after a strong showing in Game 2.
Green scored 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting (55 percent), including 5-for-8 from three-point range, added seven rebounds, five assists and one steal. He is averaging 22.0 points (on 51.6 percent shooting including 7-14 from three), nine rebounds, six assists and 2.5 steals through the Finals first two games.
Green was +350 to win the award prior to Game 2, behind the then favorite Curry, who was listed at -139.
Curry is now the second favorite to win the award, but his odds are quite a bit behind Green’s at +175. The two-time defending regular season MVP is averaging just 14.5 points per game, but is still contributing in other areas, averaging seven rebounds and five assists during the Finals.
Meanwhile on the other side of the ball, LeBron James will have to be the MVP of the Finals if the Cavaliers have any hope of coming back in this series. Despite averaging almost a triple-double so far in the Finals (21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists) it still feels like LeBron has to do more, but is still a live longshot to win the award at +600.
Check out the complete list of NBA Finals MVP odds from Sports Interaction below:
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