NBA Playoffs

3 Best Dark-Horse 2022 NBA Finals MVP Bets for Celtics vs Warriors

NBA Finals Dark Horse MVP Bets as the Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors tipoff the 2022 NBA Finals.
NBA Finals Dark Horse MVP Bets as the Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors tipoff the 2022 NBA Finals. / Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Finals are set, and Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics is Thursday, June 2. The Warriors (-160) are favored to win the championship over the Celtics (+135), but there are plenty of props and other ways to bet on the NBA Finals on FanDuel Sportsbook. That includes NBA Finals MVP bets.

While Steph Curry (-115) and Jason Tatum (+175) are MVP favorites, there are other star players that could capture the award as dark horses and longshots beyond 10/1 odds.

Here are 3 Dark-Horse NBA Finals MVP Bets.

NBA Finals Dark Horse Bets

1. Marcus Smart (+4100)

Should the Celtics win the title, Smart will likely have played a major role. The Defensive Player of the Year will get credit if he slows down Steph Curry with his physical toughness. Smart is also leading the team in assists (6.2 per game) in the playoffs and scoring 15.5 points per game. He'll have to get votes away from top scorer Jason Tatum, but Smart's defense could be the difference and sway voters like 2014 and 2015 Finals MVPs Kawhi Leonard and Andre Iguodala did with their defensive dominance.

2. Klay Thompson (+2200)

Thompson's strong defense against the Celtics wings will play a big role in the Warriors success as well. But Thompson can also make a barrage of buckets, and he's averaging 19.8 PPG in the playoffs after starting out hitting more than 24 PPG with Curry limited. He's hitting better than three 3-pointers per game, and a few breakout performances and key baskets could get Thompson the MVP with a Warriors title.

3. Andrew Wiggins (+4600)

Wiggins is averaging nearly 16 PPG in the playoffs and he's been strong on the glass with 7.0 rebounds per contest. Curry and Tatum are MVP favorites because they are elite scorers, and 12 of the last 14 Finals MVP winners were the top scorer on the winning team. But Wiggins can go off and score as well. And with Boston's strong defenders rotating more on Curry, Wiggins should get more looks and shots. He was terrific in the Western Conference Finals and had 27 points and 11 rebounds in one game while also defending Luka Doncic well. Far too long of odds for a solid two-way player who can score.

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