The NBA season tips off on Monday and we look at the futures markets for the title winner, East and West Conference winners, and regular season MVP.
We have our best bets for the 2023-24 NBA Championship, which is currently headed by the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.
We picked the Nuggets at $21 last week, but the defending champions are much shorter this time around.
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NBA Season Predictions
NBA Championship Winner – Milwaukee Bucks
Coming off a very disappointing season, the Bucks need to start racking up some NBA Championships.
Enter Damian Lillard, who was the massive offseason signing from the Portland Trail Blazers, and best believe he’ll make a huge difference to this team.
They lose some defensive prowess to their Eastern Conference rival Boston, but what they get with Lillard exceeds anything else.
The superstar had to endure a long tenure in Portland, but now he gives Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks another scoring option.
Punters get $4.50 for the Bucks, which is short, but worth taking.
Bet: Milwaukee Bucks @ $4.50
NBA Western Conference Winner – Phoenix Suns
The Western Conference has never been more open, and the Phoenix Suns could take advantage.
Betting on the Suns has been a fruitless endeavour for many years, but there really are no excuses for them this year.
Kevin Durant needs to prove that he can win an NBA Championship without Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and he’s yet to do it.
Given the Suns’ roster, we see no reason why they can’t beat the Nuggets to win the Western Conference. They are equal $3.75 favourites, and if everything goes right for the Suns, they could even with the title.
Bet: Suns @ $3.75
Regular Season MVP – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Many believe the Greek Freak’s statistics might suffer because of Lillard’s presence, but we don’t agree.
The Bucks superstar might not score as many points, but he’ll get way more assists and rebounds with Lillard on the floor, and that helps in the MVP race.
The last two winners, Luka Doncic, and Joel Embiid, who we tipped last year, are triple-double guys, which Antetokounmpo can be this year.
Jokic is the $5 favourite over Luka Doncic, but right after them is Antetokounmpo at $6.50, which is a value price.
Four of the top five players in MVP better are internationals, so we see that trend continuing.
Bet: Giannis Antetokounmpo @ $6.50
NBA Rookie of the Year – Chet Holmgren
We’re not going with $1.72 favourite Victor Wembanyama, but here us out.
The French player might be all the rage, but like many tall and skinny rookies, he might not get much game time.
The irony is that we’re picking Holmgren, who missed his rookie season due to injury, because he’s extremely skinny. However, in the offseason, he should have gotten much stronger.
He was a dynamic college basketball player, and we’re liking the $4.50 available for the forgotten player.
Bet: Chet Holmgren @ $4.50
NBA Most Improved Player – Jordan Poole
Jordan Poole has something to prove in Washington, and he could be set for a breakout year.
He showed immense promise at Golden State, but off-court altercations and an attitude problem hindered his career.
He got put on the chopping block and traded, so now he can play for Washington and become an elite scorer.
Punters get $12, so he has been backed to win.
Bet: Jordan Poole @ $12