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2017 NBA Finals MVP Odds & Picks

2017 NBA Finals MVP Odds & Picks

While LeBron James (2/1) is the undisputed best player in the league, he is thrid behind Kevin Durant (7/5) and Steph Curry (8/5) to win the 2017 NBA Finals MVP award.

The quest for the finals MVP award and the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy tips-off on June 1st with game 1 where the Warriors are favored by 7. Golden State is also favored to win the best-of-seven series at -330 while the Cavs are a profitable +270.

NBA Finals MVP Odds & Picks

  • Kevin Durant 7-5
  • Stephen Curry 8-5
  • LeBron James 2-1
  • Draymond Green 17-2
  • Kyrie Irving 10-1
  • Kevin Love 15-1
  • Klay Thompson 25-1
  • Tristan Thompson 60-1
  • JR Smith 150-1
  • Kyle Korver 150-1
  • Andre Iguodala 300-1
  • Deron Williams 500-1
  • Iman Shumpert 500-1
  • Channing Frye 500-1
  • Patrick McCaw 500-1
  • David West 500-1
  • Shaun Livingston 500-1
  • Field 500-1
  • JaVale McGee 1,000-1
  • Zaza Pachulia 1,000-1

The Odds-On Favorite To Win The NBA Finals MVP: Kevin Durant 7/5

Kevin Durant hasn’t played in the NBA Finals since 2012 when he was with the Thunder. Fast forward 5 years and he is the NBA Finals MVP favorite and the player that everyone loves to hate, including me. As the favorite, the NBA oddsmakers are sending a clear signal that Durant is the key for the Warriors second title in three years.

The Smart Bet To Win The NBA Finals MVP: LeBron James 2/1

LeBron James has averaged 32.5 points, 12.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists a game in the 13 NBA Finals games these past two years. Which Warrior will stop LeBron this time around?

There’s only one player in the NBA who can handle James better than fully healthy Andre Iguodala: Kawhi Leonard. But is Iguodala up to the task this time around with a wonky knee? If can’t stop King James, the task to slow down the best player in the league falls to either Draymond Green or Kevin Durant.

The Sharp Pick To Win The NBA Finals MVP: Kyrie Irving 10/1

Kyrie Irving outplayed Stephen Curry in the last three games of the 2016 NBA Finals. Can he repeat the feat this season?

Last season, Cleveland became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win the title. In those final three games, Irving averaged 30 points and shot .523 from the field (and .529 from 3-point range). Curry, meanwhile, averaged 24 points but shot .367 from the field and .357 from deep. Curry averaged four turnovers to Irving’s three in those games.

Golden State Vs Cleveland NBA Finals Best-of-7 Odds & Pick 

Golden State Vs Cleveland NBA Finals Best-of-7 Odds & Pick

The 2017 NBA Finals tip-off on June 1st and it will be Cleveland Vs Golden State III.

For the third straight year the Cavaliers will face the Warriors for the NBA Championship and with each side winning once a piece there is a lot on the line. A Warriors/Cavs NBA Finals matchup was available at +145 in the preseason. Throughout the season as the matchup seemed more and more likely, the NBA oddsmakers gave the Warriors the edge. Now let’s find out who you should bet on to win the 2017 NBA Finals.

Cleveland Cavs Vs Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Best-of-7 Odds & Pick 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are +270 dogs to beat the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals. Golden State is a big -330 favorite to be the first to win 4 games in the best of 7 series.

What: 2017 NBA Finals
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers (12-1) at Golden State Warriors (12-0)
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET 
Where: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
Game 1 Spread: Warriors -7
Game 2 Spread: Warriors -7
Game 3 Spread: Cavs -7 in Cleveland
Game 1 Moneyline: Cleveland +270 at Golden State -330
Game 1 Total: 225.5
Watch: ABC
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Cleveland vs Golden State

Bet on Golden State Warriors -330 Because…

Golden State is undefeated in 12 playoff games during the post-season. The Warriors swept Portland in 4 games in Round 1. In the Conference Semifinals, Golden State beat Utah in 4 games. Then, in what was supposed to be an exciting NBA Western Conference Finals, the Warriors dominated the San Antonio Spurs 4 to 0 in that 7-game series.

Golden State looks unbeatable because they’ve been unbeatable.

Bet on Cleveland Cavaliers +270 Because…

Cleveland’s defense has picked it up big time during the NBA Playoffs. In 13 playoff games this post-season, the Cavaliers have held 3 of their opponents under 100. In 10 of the 13 games, the Cavs’ opponents scored 105 points or less. The most that any opponent has scored against the Cavaliers’ defense was 114 in a 119 to 114 Cleveland win over Indiana on April 20.

Golden State Vs Cleveland Pick & Final Score Prediction

It’s difficult to go against the Golden State Warriors. The addition of Kevin Durant has made the Warriors a much more dangerous team that anyone might have imagined. The problem with facing the Warriors is that both KD and Steph Curry are unselfish. If Durant has the hot hand, Curry delivers the ball to him. If Curry has the hot hand, Durant delivers the ball to him.

Throw in supremely skilled Draymond Green and the Warriors appear untouchable. But, Golden State faces the player that I think is the greatest to ever step onto a basketball court. LeBron James is called the King for a reason.

James willed his team to victory in the NBA Finals against Golden State last season. I see him doing the same thing this season. I just don’t believe that anybody on Golden State’s team can stop the King.

The one game during the entire NBA Playoffs that I keep looking back on is Golden State’s Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs. In that match up, Kawhi Leonard single-handedly dominated Golden State. Up until Zaza Pachulia took Kawhi out of the game, the best player in the Western Conference had scored 26 points in less than 25 minutes. San Antonio was up by 23.

LeBron is healthy. Kevin Love is healthy. Kyrie Irving is healthy. I don’t see a situation where Zaza, or anybody else on Golden State’s team, can take out LeBron. I think James goes nuts from Game 1.

The Cavaliers are playing lights out defense while the Big 3 is dominating on offense. LeBron is chasing MJ. He’s not going to let the Splash Brothers and Durant stand in his way.

I am betting on the Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Finals in 6 games.

My final prediction is Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 2

U.S. Open Golf Odds and Picks

U.S. Open Golf Odds and Picks

The 2017 U.S. Open is upon us. Outside of the British Open, this is the top national golf tournament in the world.

What: 2017 US Open
When: Thursday-Sunday, June 15-18, 2017 
Where: Hartford, WI
Stadium: Erin Hills Golf Club
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: usopen.com

FOX will broadcast more than 45 hours of coverage across FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports Go app. That’s an increase from the 40 hours promised in 2016. Live streaming will also be available at usopen.com and on the U.S. Open app.

The majors have produced six straight first-time winners, and only one semi-dud (2016 Masters) in the bunch. Will we get a seventh in a row at Erin Hills? Keep reading to find out.

U.S. Open Golf Odds and Picks

Odds To Win 2017 U.S. Open
GOLFER OPENING ODDS CURRENT
Dustin JOHNSON 8-1 7-1
Rory McILROY 9-1 9-1
Jordan SPIETH 10-1 10-1
Jason DAY 12-1 12-1
Justin ROSE 15-1 15-1
Jon RAHM 20-1 15-1
Hideki MATSUYAMA 15-1 20-1
Sergio GARCIA 25-1 20-1
Rickie FOWLER 25-1 25-1
Adam SCOTT 25-1 25-1
Henrik STENSON 25-1 25-1
Phil MICKELSON 30-1 30-1
Justin THOMAS 30-1 30-1
Brooks KOEPKA 40-1 30-1
Thomas PIETERS 40-1 40-1
Patrick REED 50-1 40-1
Branden GRACE 50-1 40-1
Matt KUCHAR 40-1 40-1
Paul CASEY 50-1 50-1
Louis OOSTHUIZEN 50-1 50-1
Bubba WATSON 60-1 60-1
Brandt SNEDEKER 60-1 60-1
Martin KAYMER 60-1 60-1
Charl SCHWARTZEL 60-1 60-1
Daniel BERGER 60-1 60-1
Tyrrell HATTON 80-1 80-1
Jimmy WALKER 80-1 80-1
Zach JOHNSON 80-1 80-1
Matthew FITZPATRICK 80-1 80-1
Shane LOWRY 80-1 80-1
Alex NOREN 125-1 80-1
Kevin CHAPPELL 125-1 80-1
Jim FURYK 100-1 100-1
J.B. HOLMES 100-1 100-1
Ryan MOORE 100-1 100-1
Gary WOODLAND 100-1 100-1
Russell HENLEY 100-1 100-1
Kevin KISNER 125-1 100-1
Si Woo KIM 300-1 100-1
Charley HOFFMAN 100-1 100-1
Marc LEISHMAN 100-1 100-1
Adam HADWIN 100-1 100-1
Russell KNOX 100-1 100-1
Jason DUFNER 100-1 100-1
Bill HAAS 125-1 100-1
Tony FINAU 125-1 125-1
Wesley BRYAN 150-1 125-1
Tommy FLEETWOOD 150-1 125-1
Graeme McDOWELL 150-1 125-1
Emiliano GRILLO 125-1 150-1
Rafael CABRERA BELLO 125-1 150-1
Danny WILLETT 125-1 150-1
Bryson DeCHAMBEAU 125-1 150-1
Francesco MOLINARI 200-1 150-1
Byeong Hun AN 150-1 150-1
Billy HORSCHEL 150-1 150-1
Brendan STEELE 150-1 150-1
Webb SIMPSON 150-1 150-1
Kevin NA 200-1 150-1
Bernd WIESBERGER 200-1 150-1
Ryan PALMER 200-1 150-1
Ian POULTER 200-1 150-1
Pat PEREZ 150-1 150-1
Soren KJELDSEN 150-1 150-1
Keegan BRADLEY 150-1 150-1
William McGIRT 200-1 200-1
Ross FISHER 200-1 200-1
Hudson SWAFFORD 200-1 200-1
Jamie LOVEMARK 200-1 200-1
Andy SULLIVAN 200-1 200-1
Scott PIERCY 200-1 200-1
Charles HOWELL III 200-1 200-1
David LINGMERTH 200-1 200-1
Lucas GLOVER 200-1 200-1
Luke DONALD 200-1 200-1
Martin LAIRD 200-1 200-1
Harris ENGLISH 250-1 250-1
Chris KIRK 250-1 250-1
Graham DeLAET 250-1 250-1
Jhonattan VEGAS 250-1 250-1
Patrick RODGERS 250-1 250-1
Chris WOOD 250-1 250-1
Danny LEE 250-1 250-1
Daniel SUMMERHAYS 250-1 250-1
Andrew JOHNSTON 250-1 250-1
Ernie ELS 300-1 300-1
Angel CABRERA 300-1 300-1
Jeunghun WANG 300-1 300-1
Sean O’HAIR 300-1 300-1
Anirban LAHIRI 300-1 300-1
Hunter MAHAN 300-1 300-1
Kiradech APHIBARNRAT 300-1 300-1
Hideto TANIHARA 300-1 300-1
Maverick McNEALY 500-1 500-1
Yuta IKEDA 500-1 500-1
Roberto CASTRO 500-1 500-1
Gene SAUERS 1000-1 1000-1
Brad DALKE 2000-1 2000-1
Scott GREGORY 2000-1 2000-1

The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 U.S. Open:  Dustin Johnson 7-1 

It’s tough to look past DJ. If not for a three-putt, he would be working towards his third straight U.S. Open Championship. That’s how well numero uno has been hitting the ball the past couple of years.

After winning two straight championships, the Genesis Open and the WGC-Mexico, DJ has finished twelfth and thirteenth in his last tournaments played. I wouldn’t worry so much about that if you like DJ heading into the U.S. Open. From now until the major on June 15, he’s going to practice shots.

He’s a deserving favorite, no doubt. But, I’ve never bet on a golfer at single-digit odds to win a major tournament. I’m not going to start now. I’ll look elsewhere.

The Smart Pick To Win The 2017 U.S. Open:  Justin Rose 15-1

I don’t like Rory McIlroy at 9 to 1. I’m not in love with Jordan Spieth at 10-1. Jason Day at 12-1 has some attraction. But, Justin Rose at 15 to 1 makes the most sense to me. Rose has never won a major tournament. He lost to Sergio Garcia in a playoff at Augusta in April. That’s the closest he’s ever gotten to taking home a major tournament trophy.

It appears as if Rose is saving his best for the majors. He finished thirty-eighth, thirteenth, and fifteenth before the second-place finish at the Masters. He just finished sixty-fifth at TPC-Sawgrass in a tournament from May 11 through May 14.

Rose figures to try shots he’s going to need in the next couple of tournaments. The veteran golfer knows exactly what he needs to do so that he’s at his best on June 15. I love the odds and I love his chances.

The Longshot Pick To Win The 2017 U.S. Open: Thomas Pieters 40-1

The Belgian golfer plays in the U.S. Open for the first time. It won’t matter. He played in the Masters for the first time earlier this year. All he did was finish tied for fourth. Pieters has no fear. In the Ryder Cup last year, he went 4 and 1 versus the Americans. I think he can pull off the upset. At 40 to 1, he’s definitely worth considering.