2012 NBA Finals MVP Award Las Vegas Odds: Kevin Durant
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Kevin Durant already, at age 23, is the NBA’s three-time scoring champion. But what matters most to the Oklahoma City superstar is to win his first NBA championship ring. And if the Thunder do beat the Heat in this year’s Finals, which start Tuesday in OKC, then Durant is quite likely to win the Finals MVP award. He is the even-money favorite to do so on Bovada Sportsbook’s NBA Player Props Odds.
Durant averaged 28.0 points during the regular season to edge Kobe Bryant for the scoring title, and in these playoffs Durant is averaging 27.8 points but shooting slightly better from the field at 50.5 percent. It’s likely that Durant will often be guarded by the three-time NBA MVP LeBron James.
In two games vs. the Heat in the regular season, Durant averaged 29.0 points (shooting 53.7 percent from the field), 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Durant’s over/under for points per game in this series is 28.5, with the over a slight -125 favorite. His rebounds total is set at 7.5 (over a -130 favorite) and his assists at 4.5 (over a -135 favorite).
Teammate Russell Westbrook is at 6/1 to win the Finals MVP award. The point guard is averaging 21.7 points, 5.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds in the playoffs. He’s still very sketchy at times from the field, hitting just 43.6 percent. In those two games vs. the Heat during the season, Westbrook averaged 20.5 points and 4.0 assists. Westbrook’s over/under points total for this series is 23.5, with the over a -125 favorite.
Could James Harden add the NBA Finals MVP award to his 2011-12 Sixth Man of the Year award? Harden, who is 15/1 to win Finals MVP, is averaging 17.6 points per game in the playoffs and averaged 15.5 in the two Heat games during the season. Harden’s over/under average points total for this series is at 16.5, with the over a -120 favorite.
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