Best Value Bet to Win NBA Finals MVP for Celtics and Warriors (Don't Sleep on Andrew Wiggins)

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins.
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins. / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

The NBA Finals start on Thursday, June 2, and it’s time to get your NBA Finals MVP bets in at WynnBET

Steph Curry and Jayson Tatum are the clear-cut favorites (and rightfully so) after winning the Eastern and Western Conference Finals MVP awards last week. 

Despite that, the NBA Finals MVP doesn’t always go to who you’d expect, and you can just ask Curry about that. The Warriors saw Andre Iguodala win an NBA Finals MVP in 2015 for his play against LeBron James despite Curry putting up significantly better numbers. 

If that were to happen in the 2022 NBA Finals, who should bettors target? These two players are my favorite longshot bets to win NBA Finals MVP:  

Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown (+1100)

If Tatum doesn’t win the Finals MVP for the Celtics, there’s a good chance that Jaylen Brown would be the Celtic to step up and score in this series

Brown is averaging 22.9 points per game this postseason while shooting an impressive 48.5 percent from the field. Tatum is going to be the driving force for Boston, but Brown has the ability to drop 40 on any night (he did in the Eastern Conference Finals). 

Brown doesn’t thrive as a playmaker as much as Tatum, but he also is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game in these playoffs. The Warriors are going to need Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. to be healthy to deal with Tatum and Brown, so I think it’s possible the Celtics wings go off. 

At +1100, Brown certainly has value as the second-best player on the Celtics. 

Golden State Warriors: Andrew Wiggins (+3000)

Andrew Wiggins was elite in the Western Conference Finals, and now he has a chance to follow the Andre Iguodala path to a Finals MVP. 

Wiggins guarded Luka Doncic in the WCF, so I’d expect him to draw one of Tatum or Brown in this series as his defensive assignment. Wiggins doesn’t have to go crazy on offense, but he could get away with a bad offensive game by locking up Tatum or Brown in this series. 

We’ve seen Curry lose a Finals MVP because of one bad game, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t win this season since he will have to deal with Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart checking him all series.

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record in the NBA this season here.