Stephen Curry Gains on Kawhi Leonard in Odds to Win NBA Finals MVP After Game 5 Win by Warriors

Zach Brunner
2019 NBA Finals - Game Five
2019 NBA Finals - Game Five / Claus Andersen

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Kevin Durant's return to the Golden State Warriors was short lived, after suffering an Achilles injury just 12 minutes into Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Durant had the third-best odds to win Finals MVP at +1400 heading into the game, but has since been taken off the board on FanDuel Sportsbook.

With only six options to choose from, Kawhi Leonard remains the favorite at -323, however, his odds lead has shrunk big time, following a Golden State victory in Game 5.

Stephen Curry went from +450 to +240 odds to win Finals MVP, following a game-high 31 points in Toronto on Monday night, while the other remaining betting options are massive longshots. Draymond Green (+4000), Klay Thompson (+6300), Pascal Siakam (+10000) and Kyle Lowry (+10000) would each need to change the course of this series to take home the MVP trophy.

With Toronto still leading the series 3-2, Leonard has carried the Raptors through the first five games of this series. He's averaging 29.8 points per game (PPG), 10.6 rebounds per game (RPG), 4.4 assists per game (APG) and 2.0 steals per game (SPG), making him the heavy favorite to win Finals MVP, if Toronto ultimately wins the title.

If the Raptors do take Game 6 in Oakland or win the series in Game 7 at home, there's no question, Leonard will be named Finals MVP for the second time in his career. But if the Warriors are able to come back and win the series in seven games, the player to step up and lead the team to three straight victories will likely end up taking home the award.

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