Sportsbooks tab CP3 as NBA Finals MVP favorite

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Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul has emerged as the consensus favorite to win MVP of the NBA Finals at U.S. sportsbooks.

At Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, Paul is listed at +170 to be named MVP of the Finals series against the Milwaukee Bucks, which tips off Tuesday (9 p.m. ET, ABC).

Paul, who entered the playoffs at 40-1, has attracted more bets to win MVP than any other player at multiple sportsbooks. He’s tops in number of bets and money wagered at FanDuel.

“There has been significant action on Chris Paul to win Finals MVP,” Darren Darby, BetMGM sports trader, said in a company release. “Any other player winning the award would be a good outcome for the book.”

Paul accounts for nearly 20% of the money wagered on the Finals MVP market at BetMGM sportsbooks. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo has attracted more money, but the Bucks star has had much shorter odds than Paul and is listed as doubtful for Game 1.

Suns guard Devin Booker is next behind Paul at +260 to win MVP at Caesars/William Hill. Antetokounmpo is +375, followed by teammates Khris Middleton (+650) and Jrue Holiday (+1,000). Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton is 20-1.

Paul is making the first Finals appearance of his 17-year career. He is averaging 18.1 points and 8.7 assists during the postseason.

In addition to Paul winning MVP, the Suns winning in a four-game sweep at 9-1 odds is popular with bettors at BetMGM books. One bettor placed an $11,000 bet on the Suns to win in four games, BetMGM reported.

The Suns are 6.5-point favorites in Game 1.

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