2010 NBA Finals MVP Odds: This yearâ€™s 2010 NBA Finals will matchup two of the, if the the biggest rivals in the history of the National Basketball Association. Playing for the Larry Oâ€™Brien trophy will be the 15-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, taking on the 17-time NBA kings, the Boston Celtics. This is indeed the matchup every old school NBA fan wanted to see, as this series certainly has a retro feel. It almost feels like itâ€™s the 80s all over again, as both of these teams seem destined for a physical dogfight in this yearâ€™s 2010 NBA Finals.
â€œItâ€™s a sexy matchup,â€ Kobe Bryant acknowledged when asked about a Lakers-Celtics 2010 NBA Finals. â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to this challenge, looking forward to the test.â€
But out of all the stars that will surely to shine in the 2010 NBA Finals, which one do you think will light up the night? The last time these teams met was during the 2008 NBA Finals, where Paul Pierce was named the Finalsâ€™ Most Valuable Player. Last season, Kobe Bryant took those honors, as he led his team to its first NBA championship in 7 long years. But who will it be this year? Will someone else emerge to be the difference-maker in these Finals other than The Truth and the Black Mamba?
According to NBA Finals MLV Odds makers, the usual suspects will once again be the frontrunners, with a little bit of a wrinkle, as Kobe Bryant [-250 ML], Paul Pierce [EVEN] and Rajon Rondo [+500 ML] lead the way in the category of NBA Finals MVP Odds favorites.
Playing his best basketball of the season, Bryant is the clear sports betting odds favorite to take the NBA Finals MVP hardware for a second consecutive year. As we saw in the Phoenix series, No.24 is still the best player in the game. According to Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, Bryant is the best player in the game, and itâ€™s not even close. After hitting a nearly-impossible shot that sealed the Suns fate in the Western Conference Final, Gentry and Bryant exchanged pleasant words.
â€œI said, â€˜Good defense,â€™ to Grant,â€ Gentry recalled after the game. â€œ(Bryant) said, â€˜Not quite good enough.â€™ â€¦ I thought Grant was going to block the shot. That was a fallaway 3-pointer with a hand in your face, off balance. You know, thatâ€™s who he is. That really is who he is.â€
One thing is almost certain when you look into Kobeâ€™s eyes in the days leading up to Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals at the STAPLES Center on Thursday: he has not forgotten what happened two years ago around this time.
â€œWe have â€¦ five new members of the team, but some of these guys remember how it felt to lose,â€ stated 20-time NBA champion Phil Jackson. â€œThereâ€™s nothing worse than losing in a finals. Itâ€™s about as low as you can get after riding a high, getting through three series, going into the fourth one. I had hoped Iâ€™d never experience it, but Iâ€™ve done it twice now, so I know itâ€™s a real difficult summer after that.â€
Here's the rest of the 2010 NBA Finals MVP Odds:
Kobe Bryant (Lakers) -250
Rajon Rondo (Celtics) even
Paul Pierce (Celtics) +500
Pau Gasol (Lakers) +1500
Ray Allen (Celtics) +2000
Kevin Garnett (Celtics) +2500
Derek Fisher (Lakers) +4000
Andrew Bynum (Lakers) +4000
Ron Artest (Lakers) +4000
Lamar Odom (Lakers) +4000
zx Field (Any Other Player) +5000
Kendrick Perkins (Celtics) +10000
Rasheed Wallace (Celtics) +20000