Giannis betting favorite to win NBA Finals MVP
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo betting favorite to win NBA Finals MVP

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo did well to keep his eyes on the prize after Milwaukee toppled the Brooklyn Nets in overtime on Saturday night to clinch an Eastern Conference Finals showdown with the Atlanta Hawks. As he told reporters shortly after the victory, "the job is not done." 

While that's true, it's never too early to think about potential NBA Finals matchups. Heading into Wednesday's Game 1 between the Bucks and Hawks, BetOnline.ag listed the "Greek Freak" and two-time regular-season Most Valuable Player as the favorite to win NBA Finals MVP at +125. Coming off the Phoenix Suns opening a 1-0 Western Conference Finals lead over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, Phoenix's Devin Booker is second on the list at +250: 

Interestingly, Suns guard Chris Paul is third at +450 even though he will miss at least the first two games of the Conference Finals due to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. With the Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (+1800 to win NBA Finals MVP) sidelined by a knee injury that could keep him out indefinitely, taking a flier on Paul now could prove to be a wise investment down the road. 

Those who believe Atlanta's Trae Young is on a mission should take him at +1200 and run to the figurative bet window before the teams play Wednesday evening — unless one assumes Milwaukee will take care of business in Game 1 and, thus, cause Young to become an even larger underdog to win NBA Finals MVP. 

Remember to check BetOnline for all kinds of tasty NBA wagers throughout the summer months. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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