NBA Finals MVP Odds Shaken Up After Raptors' Game 1 Win Over Warriors
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The odds to win the 2019 NBA Finals MVP award got a little spicy following the Toronto Raptors' 118-109 victory against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1.
Pascal Siakam, the man known as Spicy P, saw a sizeable increase in his odds to win the award following his 32-point explosion, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Entering Game 1, Siakam was listed at +5000 to win the NBA Finals MVP, but he's since jumped to +850. Despite the boost, he is still a fairly big underdog compared to his teammate Kawhi Leonard, who has the second-best odds (+195).
However, both players are looking up at Steph Curry, who leads the pack at -111 to win the award. The loss did impact Curry's odds, however, as he was listed at -154 ahead of Thursday night's game.
Klay Thompson's odds also took a hit, as he fell from +1400 on May 30 to +3600 following his 21-point performance in Game 1.
A sleeper for MVP, however, may be the guy who didn't play one minute in Game 1, Kevin Durant. While Durant (+2200) has been ruled out for Game 2, he can still make a great case for MVP if he returns in Game 3 and changes the tide of this series.
Even though Curry is still favored to win his first Finals MVP, he'll likely face some stiff competition from Leonard, Siakam and Durant.
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