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Jayson Tatum frontrunner for Bill Russell Trophy

The Boston Celtics enter this year’s NBA Finals matchup against the Dallas Mavericks as the favorites to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Over the past decade, the team at that position has gone 7-3 in the championship round. According to ESPN Bet, Boston is the third Eastern Conference representative to enter the NBA Finals as favorites since Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in 1998. The other two were the 2011 and 2013 Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh .

As for who could receive the Bill Russell Trophy, FanDuel Sportsbook has Jayson Tatum as the most likely person in this series to earn Finals MVP. They list him at odds of -120.

The five-time All-Star is averaging 26 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.1 steals this postseason.

There is a backlash between Tatum and Luka Doncic, who is considered by FanDuel Sportsbook to be the second most likely player in this series to capture the Bill Russell Trophy. The five-time All-NBA selection is listed at +210 odds.

Doncic is generating 28.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game in the Dallas finals.

The prospect of Jaylen Brown taking home the Larry Bird Trophy for Eastern Conference Finals MVP and the Bill Russell Trophy is an achievement that FanDuel Sportsbook lists at +600 odds.

The three-time All-Star is producing a playoff career-high 25 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game while hitting 36.8% of the 5.4 threes he has, takes down.

The fourth highest odds for NBA Finals MVP, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, belong to Kyrie Irving at +2000. The three-time All-NBA member is having a renaissance season in which he is averaging 22.8 points, 5.2 assists, 1.2 steals and burying 42.1% of the 6.3 threes he takes.

Rounding out FanDuel Sportsbook’s top five most likely candidates to earn NBA Finals MVP is Derrick White at odds of +3500. The two-time All-Defensive team selection is producing 17.8 points, 4.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and almost a steal per postseason game. Those are all playoff career highs for the former Colorado Buffalo, who is also hitting 40.7% of the 8.4 threes he launches in this year’s playoffs.

The game odds are updated periodically and are subject to change.

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