Odds on Jimmy Butler as 2022 MVP Still Shortening With Miami Heat Getting Off to the Best Start
Since his move to Miami’s South Beach, Jimmy Butler’s been Miami Heat’s key player. Last year, his impressive individual effort allowed his team to scoop a win at the Eastern Conference, enabling them to progress to the NBA Finals.
The Miami vibe is very different this year. The season has begun with the Heat winning 6 of their initial 7 games, and right now, their record is the best in the league. Butler is getting career-high numbers, which has made him a favorite to earn MVP honors with some of the top NBA sportsbooks.
Will Jimmy Butler Be MVP?
This season, Jimmy Butler has averaged 5.6 assists, 2.9 steals, 6.9 rebounds, and 25.0 points per game, shooting over 50% from the field with a 62.2% true shooting percentage. Apart from the assists totals, these stats have been Butler’s career-best numbers. Add to the fact that his career with Miami Heat has gotten off to the best possible start at 6-1 (the NBA’s top record this season so far). It isn’t surprising that Butler’s name now emerges as a frontrunner on the MVP betting boards with all the best sportsbooks.
Last August, Butler opened with odds of +6600 to scoop the MVP honors, but thanks to the 6-1 start for the Heat, he is now being listed with odds of between +2000 and +3000.
Updated Odds for the 2021-22 NBA Championship
Thanks to the strong start this season, Miami Heat are currently given odds of around +1800 to scoop the NBA’s title – a big jump from their +3500 odds at the beginning of this season. Miami’s championship odds are currently ranked 8th amongst the 32 teams, listing at between +1400 and +3000. Only the Lakers, Nets, Warriors, Bucks, Clippers, Suns, Sixers, and Jazz have shorter odds.
Tyler Herro suffered from Sophomore Slump last season, leading to Miami finishing 6th before being swept by Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round – the team that went on to be champions. This year, Herro, Adebayo, and Butler averaged 20+ points for each game at the beginning of the season. With most of their core team from 2020’s successful journey to the final still in place, Miami Heat is starting the year at 6-1, and things are looking good for them!