Updated (Monday, June 6 at 3:03 p.m. ET): This article was updated with official NBA Finals scoring leaders through Games 1 and 2.
NBA Finals Scoring Leaders
1. Stephen Curry: 31.5 ppg
2. Jaylen Brown: 20.5 ppg
3. Jayson Tatum: 20.0 ppg
4. Derrick White: 16.5 ppg
5. Andrew Wiggins: 15.5 ppg
The 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors is headlined by the clash between two superstars: Jayson Tatum and Stephen Curry. The role players will play their part, of course, but this series could very well come down to a battle between those two.
If one of those two goes to the next level as a scorer, they might just carry their team to a title.
And the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook suggest that Tatum is likely to be the best scorer in this series. The 24-year-old is currently favored (-110) to lead the series in points per game. Let's break down the rest of the odds to lead the NBA Finals in PPG.
2022 NBA Finals Scoring Leader Odds
1. Jayson Tatum (-110)
2021-22 Regular Season: 26.9 PPG
2021-22 Playoffs: 27.0 PPG
2. Stephen Curry (+130)
2021-22 Regular Season: 25.5 PPG
2021-22 Playoffs: 25.9 PPG
3. Jaylen Brown (+650)
2021-22 Regular Season: 23.6 PPG
2021-22 Playoffs: 22.9 PPG
4. Klay Thompson (+3400)
2021-22 Regular Season: 20.4 PPG
2021-22 Playoffs: 19.8 PPG
5. Marcus Smart (+8000)
2021-22 Regular Season: 12.1 PPG
2021-22 Playoffs: 15.5 PPG
6. Jordan Poole (+8000)
2021-22 Regular Season: 18.5 PPG
2021-22 Playoffs: 18.4 PPG
7. Andrew Wiggins (+9500)
2021-22 Regular Season: 17.2 PPG
2021-22 Playoffs: 15.8 PPG
2022 NBA Finals Scoring Leader Prediction & Pick
Throwing the odds out for a moment, my pick would be Jayson Tatum. He's leading all players in this series with 27.0 PPG this postseason and, like Curry, he's very capable of exploding. He already has seven 30-point games in the playoffs and owns two 40-point performances.
Golden State's lack of size on the perimeter could be a real problem for defending Tatum; Boston will do everything in its power to get him matched up with the Warriors' smaller guards. The Warriors also have more offensive firepower outside of their star player than the Celtics do, so Boston is much more reliant on Tatum to score.
But at -110, he's not exactly a great value here. His running mate Jaylen Brown has greater than 6-to-1 odds to lead the series in scoring, and he's more than capable of doing that. Against Miami, Brown averaged 24.1 PPG compared to 25.0 PPG for Tatum.
Tatum is the most likely option, but Brown is the best bet from an odds-based perspective.