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2022 NBA Finals MVP: Ranking the Top 5 Finals MVP Candidates After Four Games

Four games have finished in the NBA Finals, we take a look at the top candidates to win Finals MVP. With the series knotted up at 2 games a piece who is the favorite to take home the award?
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2022 NBA Finals MVP: Ranking the Top 5 Finals MVP Candidates After Four Games

Through four games of the NBA Finals, the series is tied 2-2 as the Celtics will attempt to take another away game from Golden State on Monday. We’ve seen more of the series, so we can take a closer look at the best options for Finals MVP. 

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5. Marcus Smart (+5000) (Bet $100 to win $5,000)

Smart’s impact consistently through the playoffs has been huge, but he’s been a huge catalyst for the Celtics to even have two games won against a team who’s played a lot more games at this stage. Playing under a first-time head coach gives Smart a big opportunity to be a vocal leader. Smart has averaged 15.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 4.8 APG on nearly 40% shooting from the three-point line. 

4. Andrew Wiggins (+15000) (Bet $100 to win $15,000)

Wiggins’ odds don’t represent that he should be in the top 5, but it feels like he has to be. Wiggins has taken his role and absolutely crushed it and more in these Finals. His averages are up from the rest of the postseason, now averaging 16.5 PPG and 8.5 RPG. Wiggins has been a decent floor spacer but more importantly has been great at attacking closeouts and making something out of nothing while also playing great defense all series long. He’s been consistent for his team and that should absolutely be taken into account when voting takes place. 

3. Jaylen Brown (+600) (Bet $100 to win $600)

Brown is on the cusp of passing Tatum for second for me, but being the second option to Tatum has helped his case. Through the four games, Brown is averaging 22.3 PPG on 44% shooting from the field as the second option. With only one real off night, Brown has been solid all series and he’s one huge game away from taking Tatum's spot in the standings. 

2. Jayson Tatum (+170) (Bet $100 to win $170)

After Tatum’s first game - which was a dud - he’s been very solid. Over the series, Tatum is also averaging 22.3 PPG on just 34.1% from the field. As the best player on a team with a chance to win a title, Tatum will automatically be the top pick to win the Finals MVP if they win, but one huge game and finishing the series as the Tatum we’re used to seeing, Tatum will be a very easy pick. 

1. Stephen Curry (-135) (Bet $135 to win $100)

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It’s not Curry’s first time around in an atmosphere, and it’s showing. Curry is averaging an astonishing 34.3 PPG against arguably the best defense in the league, and he easily looks like the best player on the court at almost all times. In his most recent game, Curry scored over 40 points and had 10 rebounds, putting him in company with LeBron and MJ as the only ones to have done that in the Finals at their age. If the Warriors win these Finals, there’s no doubt that Curry should win his first Finals MVP.

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Kade has spent his last 3 years writing about the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has also been following the NBA for the past 11 years. Just recently, Kade began co-hosting the Boomtown Hoops Podcast.


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