- Jayson Tatum is the -110 odds on favorite to win the first-ever NBA Eastern Conference Finals MVP award.
- However, it is his teammate, Jaylen Brown, at +900 odds, who is the most popular bet to win the award at the best NBA betting sites.
- Miami’s Jimmy Butler has the second shortest odds at +165 while Bam Adebayo is also listed at +900.
Jayson Tatum is second behind Steph Curry in the latest odds boards to win the 2022 NBA Finals MVP award. However, when it comes to the Eastern Conference Finals MVP award, it’s Tatum’s partner, Jaylen Brown who is getting heavy betting action.
According to the online sportsbook BetMGM, Tatum is the -110 betting favorite to win the first-ever Eastern Conference Finals MVP award. Miami’s Jimmy Butler has the second shortest odds at +165 while Brown and the Heat’s Bam Adebayo are next at +900.
Brown however is getting the most betting action among the contenders with 33% of the betting tickets and 34% of the betting handle. Tatum is next to his teammate with 15% of the betting slips and 33% of the money. Tyler Herro has 10% of the tickets while Butler has 13% of the dollars.
Jaylen Brown Did All He Could in Game 3
Jaylen Brown did all he could to bring the Celtics back in Game 3, but fell short.
7-of-9 FT pic.twitter.com/4KkfO8qJ22
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 22, 2022
Brown went off for 40 points in Game 3 as the Celtics tried to rally from a 26-point lead. Although his efforts did not result in a win, Brown became the first Celtics player to score 40 or more points in the playoffs while shooting 70% from the field. Brown also became the first player in the shot clock era (1954-55) to score 40 or more points on 100% 2-point FG shooting.
JB is averaging 25.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 3.0 three-pointers made per game while shooting 47.3% from the field and 39.3% from behind the three-point arc in the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals. He has scored at least 24 points in every game except Game 4 which was an early blowout for the Celtics and where he played only 29 minutes with 12 points.
The 3rd pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by Boston saw his regular season scoring average drop from 24.7 PPG last season to 23.6 PPG this campaign but is averaging a career-high 22.9 points per game in 15 playoff games played so far. He has proven to be the perfect compliment to Jayson Tatum and with the two of them clicking in the postseason, the Celtics are still in the thick of the fight with only four teams left in the NBA postseason.
Jayson Tatum tonight:
STATEMENT WIN. pic.twitter.com/LTsQTyeiVp
— Overtime (@overtime) May 24, 2022
One game after a disappointing 10-point game where he had more turnovers than baskets made, Jayson Tatum once again had a massive bounce-back game on Monday night. The Celtics superstar scored 31 points on 8-16 shooting and 14-16 free throw shooting with 8 rebounds and 5 assists as the Boston Celtics delivered a statement win to tie the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.
Tatum is Boston’s main man in the ECF as he has been all season long. He is averaging 24.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.3 steals in an impressive two-way brilliance in the playoffs. Tatum has scored 1,486 total points in his first 65 games, matching the Celtics record set by Larry Bird. There is absolutely no doubt why the top NBA sportsbooks have him as the betting favorite to be the first-ever Eastern Conference Finals MVP.
Jimmy Butler has been the biggest thorn in Boston’s side. Butler set the tone for the series when he lit up the Celtics for 41 points in Game 1. He also scored 29 during Miami’s Game 2 loss but has been bothered by a knee injury in the last two games of the ECF. Meanwhile, Adebayo led the Heat with 31 in their big Game 3 win but has scored only a total of 25 in the other three games of the series.