3 Best Mavericks Players to Bet to Win NBA Finals MVP (Luka Doncic’s Award to Lose)

Breaking down the best players from the Dallas Mavericks to bet on to win Finals MVP.
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic.
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are sizable underdogs in the 2024 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, but there are a lot of public bettors that believe Dallas will take this series.

If you also believe that’s the case, betting on a Mavs player to win Finals MVP is a great way to cash in on some favorable odds since Celtics All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum is the odds on favorite in this market. 

Luka Doncic is No. 2 on the list – clearly the top Mavs player entering this series – but there are two dark horses that I think are worth considering if you want to place a small wager on them to win NBA Finals MVP.

I’ve already given out my three favorite candidates on Boston, so why not do the same for the Mavs? It is the NBA Finals after all! 

NBA Finals MVP Odds

  • Jayson Tatum: -120
  • Luka Doncic: +200
  • Jaylen Brown: +600
  • Kyrie Irving: +2000
  • Derrick White: +3600
  • Kristaps Porzingis: +5000
  • Jrue Holiday: +6500
  • Derrick Jones Jr.: +29000
  • Daniel Gafford: +29000
  • PJ Washington: +29000
  • Al Horford: +37000
  • Dereck Lively II: +50000

All odds listed in this article are via FanDuel Sportsbook.

Luka Doncic (+200)

There is Doncic, and then there is a massive gap between the rest of the Mavs in this market – and for good reason. 

The 2023-24 regular season MVP finalist leads the playoffs in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and 3-pointers made, recording six triple-doubles in 17 games. 

Doncic has a massive usage rate, and he looked to bet getting over his knee and ankle injuries – at least when it comes to his scoring – in the Western Conference Finals, scoring 32 or more points in each of Dallas’ four wins. 

Jrue Holiday will be a tough and likely matchup for Doncic, but let’s not forget that Luka nearly averaged a triple double in the regular season while putting up 33.9 points per game. Dallas will need him to be otherworldly to win this series, and if he is, he’s going to win Finals MVP. 

Kyrie Irving (+2000)

Has there been a bigger revenge series in recent memory than this one for Kyrie Irving?

A former Celtic, Irving has a chance to bury his former team in the Finals, and he is the clear-cut No. 2 option to win Finals MVP on the Mavericks. In fact, no player has shorter than +29000 odds on Dallas after Doncic and Irving. 

Kyrie’s scoring would likely be his calling card to propel him in this market, but asking him to outplay Doncic is a tough task, and if he does, doesn’t that put Dallas in a tough spot to win the series? 

The Mavs need both of their stars to be great in this series, and if that’s the case, the betting odds suggest Doncic is the clear favorite here. Kyrie could be worth a sprinkle, but his path to a Finals MVP is a little murky outside of him scoring at an all-time rate. 

Dereck Lively II (+50000)

The longest of longshots, rookie Dereck Lively II is second on the Mavericks in plus/minus this postseason, and he’s made a massive impact on the defensive end of the floor. 

Could Lively’s defense and rebounding be enough to win this award?

It’s highly unlikely, but he’s the one Mavs role player I’d consider given his positive impact on a game-to-game basis for the Mavs. Plus, if Lively wins the matchup with Kristaps Porzingis (Daniel Gafford will start for Dallas but Lively will probably close) late in games, it could be crucial to Dallas pulling off an upset.

Don’t break the bank betting on him, but for the sake of this exercise, he’d be my No. 3 choice.

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Peter Dewey


Peter is a senior editor for Sports Illustrated Betting. He has worked as a writer and editor for BetSided, NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, and more. A New York City resident, he is a hoops fanatic with a soft spot for his New York Knicks.