The NBA continues to find new ways to incentivize the game and award players for their outstanding accomplishments, and that includes the introduction of the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals MVP Awards, which were rolled out during the 2021-22 season.
Jayson Tatum was, fittingly, the inaugural winner of the Larry Bird Trophy after leading his Boston Celtics to a win over the Miami Heat. One year later, he has a strong chance to repeat.
Let’s dig into the latest NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP odds.
NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP Betting Odds
DraftKings Sportsbook provides NBA lines for the 2023 NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP, which are current as of Tuesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. ET.
- Jayson Tatum (-220)
- Jimmy Butler (+450)
- Jaylen Brown (+475)
- Bam Adebayo (+5000)
- Marcus Smart (+7500)
- Robert Williams III (+10000)
- Malcolm Brogdon (+10000)
- Al Horford (+20000)
- Derrick White (+20000)
- Kyle Lowry (+30000)
- Max Strus (+40000)
- Gabe Vincent (+45000)
- Kevin Love (+50000)
NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP Best Bet
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (-220)
As mentioned, Tatum is the obvious favorite to win this award again. Not only is he the best player in this series, but his Celtics are massive (-525) favorites to defeat the Heat and advance to the NBA Finals.
Tatum has admittedly been inconsistent in the playoffs thus far, averaging 28.2 points per game and missing more than his usual allotment of shots. That’s not to say he hasn’t still been incredible, though.
His strongest performance came in Boston’s Game 7 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, in which he logged 51 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.
Backing Tatum to win here is the safest and most wise decision you can make ahead of the beginning of the series. Lock him in now at (-220) before the price gets too steep and make this your NBA bet of the day.
NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP Favorites
Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat (+450)
If the Heat somehow find a way to win this series, they’ll have Butler to thank. The 33-year-old wing has been phenomenal throughout the playoffs, leading Miami to series wins over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks.
Butler is averaging 31.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.7 steals coming into this matchup, and we’ve already seen him score as many as 56 in a single game this postseason. He is the Miami Heat.
If you’re planning to bet on any non-Celtics to win this award, Butler is the only reasonable choice.
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics (+475)
Tatum has had the higher highs throughout the playoffs, but that shouldn’t take away from how steady Brown has performed thus far. He’s scored at least 23 points in 10 of his 13 appearances, including an impressive 35-point showing against the Atlanta Hawks.
Brown has also been unbelievably efficient, which is something that can’t be said about his superstar counterpart. Although his 69.8% mark at the free-throw line is a bit alarming, he’s offsetting that by shooting 54.1% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc.
NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP Contenders
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat (+5000)
You could argue that Adebayo was Miami’s MVP in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals when the Heat defeated the Celtics in six games. The then-23-year-old averaged 21.8 points, 11 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1 block, highlighting his impressive two-way ability.
- Read up on how we see this series shaking out in our Celtics vs Heat Predictions.
The sixth-year big man’s defensive ability will be key if Miami hopes to upset Boston once again, and voters could be swayed in his direction if he dazzles on that end of the floor.
NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP Sleepers
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics (+7500)
Smart could be a savvy pick here for the same reason why I like Adebayo: His defense could completely alter the outcome of this series.
Smart, the 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year, has long been one of the league’s premier pests. He defends virtually all positions, and he does so with quite a bit of success, too.
Should Smart find a way to lock up Butler or make some game-saving defensive plays, he could easily become a contender for this award. At (+7500), it’s hard not to like the value here.