Latest NBA Finals MVP Odds Jaylen Brown Surges into Tie With Jayson Tatum

Can Jaylen Brown win the NBA Finals MVP this season?
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown.
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown. / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown won the Eastern Conference Finals MVP over Jayson Tatum, but now will he win the NBA Finals MVP?

After a strong showing in the first two games of the Finals in Boston, Brown has now jumped to the favorite at multiple sportsbooks in the odds to win this award. Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic trails Brown and Tatum, who are in the driver's seat with Boston up 2-0 in the series.

Odds to Win NBA Finals MVP

At DraftKings Sportsbook, Brown is the favorite over Tatum (+140 vs. +150) in this market after he was sitting behind him after Game 2.

There has been a lot of discourse around Brown, with ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps, and Tim MacMahon all discussing on a recent episode of the Hoop Collective Podcast that they'd have Brown well above Tatum in an MVP conversation.

Why is that important?

This award is voted on by people covering the Finals, so if they are feeling that Tatum isn't the MVP, it's going to take him changing their mind in the next few games to win this award.

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Tatum has struggled shooting the ball in this series (31.6 percent from the field), and it is overshadowing some of the other impressive parts of his game.

The All-NBA forward has done everything else (passing and rebounding) for Boston, but when you compare the stats between the two -- it's not close.








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Brown has scored extremely efficiently from the field in this series, and his defensive impact can't be underestimated.

The Eastern Conference Finals MVP is picking up Luka Doncic in this series, a lot of the time nearly full court, and he's averaging 3.0 steals per game and 1.5 blocks per game in the process.

Tatum has played a much different defensive role, guarding the bigs in this series, and he's responded by dominating the glass for the C's.

Right now, Brown seems like the right bet to win the MVP, especially if Boston ends this series in four or five games. If there is less time for Tatum to put together some big scoring showings, it's going to be hard to make up for his 12-for-38 shooting through the first two games.

Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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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.