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The 2023 NBA Playoffs have been whittled down to the final eight teams. After an entertaining first round full of drama and upsets, the conference semi-finals are set to get underway this week.

Now that the Milwaukee Bucks have been eliminated from contention, the Boston Celtics are now the title favorites. Milwaukee finished the regular season with the best record in the league, and were predicted to win the championship by essentially every sports book in the country.

Jayson Tatum Is The Favorite To Win Finals MVP

But due to the Miami Heat pulling off the Round 1 upset, the field is open again. And while the Celtics are listed as heavy favorites (+140) to be crowned NBA Champions, the next four teams listed are all of the remaining Western Conference franchises.

But there is also a proposition bet available, a future wager regarding which player will win NBA Finals MVP. And judging by the public’s tendencies, there is some value to be had with certain players on the list.

Jayson Tatum is the outright leader in the clubhouse and far and away favorite to win Finals MVP. The odds listings are of course directly related to which team is favored to win the championship, making Tatum (+175) the perfect candidate to be favored. His Celtics are the odds on favorite to win it all, and he is their leading scorer along with Jaylen Brown. Brown himself is in the running and could provide solid value at +700.

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Jayson Tatum +175 BetOnline logo
Steph Curry +600 BetOnline logo
Nikola Jokić +650 BetOnline logo
Jaylen Brown +700 BetOnline logo
Kevin Durant +800 BetOnline logo

But the betting public apparently already has their darling and potential moneymaker. Depending on which sports book you choose, the Phoenix Suns have the third-best odds of winning the NBA Championship, despite losing Game 1 against the Nuggets. Their best player is of course Kevin Durant, who is listed at +800 to win Finals MVP.

But what if the Suns are victorious and Durant either slightly underperforms or misses a game or two for whatever reason? It is a plausable scenario, and one that some bettors are banking on. According to BetMGM, Devin Booker is the most bet-on player to win Finals MVP.

Of all the possible candidates, Booker has received 13.7% of all of the tickets, and 15.1% of the handle.

There are more Western Conference behemoths sandwiched in between. Step Curry (+600) is the player listed directly after Tatum, with Nikola Jokić coming in slightly behind at +650. LeBron James is of course present in the Top-6, coming in with a +800 designation, the same as Durant.

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Title: NBA Odds: Tatum Favorite For Finals MVP, But Money Is On Booker
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Remember That Time Sean Astin Tried To Direct a ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie?

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As we are reaching the end of 2023, casting rumors around the MCU's Fantastic Four movie are swirling in the air, and the Fox Marvel movie characters are reportedly returning for Deadpool 3, there has never been a more appropriate time to look back on the cinematic history of Marvel's first family. At this point, The Fantastic Four has been brought to life by numerous filmmakers. Tim Story gave us the original duology in the mid-2000s, Josh Trank bamboozled us with the production mishap that was Fant4stic, and even Roger Corman produced an unofficially released live-action film in the mid-'90s. Simply put, this group of characters are no strangers to moviegoers. But what about the films that were never made? What about Sean Astin's Fantastic Four?


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‘May December,’ ‘Maestro:’ We Take On Two Awards-Buzzed December Releases

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Two huge awards-buzzed films will be released in the month of December, and we’ve seen them both! Todd Haynes’ May December stars Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore in a camp drama that explores the aftermath of an illicit love affair between an adult woman (Moore) and a teenage boy, played as an adult by Charles […]


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Mo Gilligan to “step down and hand over the baton” as BRIT Awards host

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Mo Gilligan attends The BRIT Awards 2023 at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Mo Gilligan has announced he will be “stepping down” as a BRIT Awards host due to his first world tour.

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The comedian took to his official social media account to share that due to scheduling conflicts with his first-ever world tour, he will “hand over the baton” and give his usual hosting duties to someone else.

“I’ve had the most incredible time working on The BRITS but unfortunately as I’ll be in the US for my first world tour next spring. I’m sorry to say that I’ll be stepping down from hosting duties for 2024 and handing over the baton,” began his statement on his Instagram stories.

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He continued: “It’s been phenomenal to work on this iconic event. I’ve loved getting to know all the remarkable people who run The BRIT Trust and the outstanding BRIT school. The tireless work you do to improve lives through the power of music and the creative arts is sensational and I promise to continue supporting wherever I can.

“Thank you to ITV for making a young man’s dream come true and to all the brilliant performers, guests, production team and most importantly, the viewers at home for all your amazing support. It’s been an honor. See you on tour!”

Gillian also shared one of his tweets from 2011 in which he wrote: “In 2013 I need to host the #MOBO’s or #TheBritAwards *Fingers Crossed*”.

The comedian has served as the awards show presenter for the past two years. Speaking to The Sun, a BRITs spokesperson said: “The BRITs are incredibly proud of Mo hosting the awards for the last two years, he is an exceptional entertainer who is going from strength to strength in his career, and we thank him for delivering two brilliant shows for us.”

They continued: “The live awards show is always evolving, and we are excited to welcome someone new to the helm for 2024, with more details to be announced at a later date.”

Back in September, the date for the BRIT Awards 2024 was revealed. Next year’s ceremony is due to take place on March 2 at The O2 in London. It’ll mark the second consecutive year that the show has aired in a primetime Saturday night slot on ITV1 and ITVX.

Last week, the  BRIT Awards organisers announced that they will be tweaking their rules for the 2024 instalment, following a row over diversity.

According to a new report by BBC News, it has been announced that the organisers of the BRITS will now increase the number of shortlisted artists for the Best Artist award. This sees an expansion from five to 10 nominees for the 2024 edition, in the hopes of creating a more balanced field.

The expanded shortlist will also apply to the Best International Artist category as of next year. As well as broadening the number of nominees, the organisers have also confirmed that they will be introducing a new award category, dedicated solely to the R&B genre.

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