The 2021 NBA Finals holds a whole different vibe after the Milwaukee Bucks took a pivotal Game 5 on the road against the Phoenix Suns. Milwaukee now holds a 3-2 series lead after rattling off three consecutive wins. Of course, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was right at the center of this crucial Game 5 win with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Thanks to yet another strong performance from 'The Greek Freak', Giannis now holds heavily-favorited odds to win Finals MVP on FanDuel Sportsbook.
NBA Finals MVP Odds
Giannis has -430 odds to win the Finals MVP hardware. Suns guard Devin Booker ranks with the second-best odds, but his chances sit at just +650. Chris Paul rounds out the top-three with +700 odds.
Looking for reasons behind the latest odds, we look at the Bucks' chance to take home the NBA Championship. With a pivotal Game 5 victory, Milwaukee now holds home-court advantage with a chance to secure the title at home in Game 6. Milwaukee holds -390 odds to win the Finals, including the edge of 5-point favorites in Game 6.
The NBA historically awards the Finals MVP award to a member of the winning squad. In fact, Jerry West is the only player in league history to take home the hardware on the losing side. This happened in the 1969 NBA Finals when West's Los Angeles Lakers lost in seven games to the Boston Celtics.
Not only are the Bucks poised to take home the title, but Giannis' stats are easily MVP-worthy. Through five games, Giannis is averaging 32.2 points, 13.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. He's had his 7-foot frame and wingspan all over this NBA Finals, including this critical alley-oop dunk to finish off the Suns in Game 5.
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