The new NBA season starts this week and we have all the futures betting predictions you need before tipoff.
We have our best bets for the 2021-22 NBA Championship, Conference Championships, MVP, and Rookie of the Year.
Can the Milwaukee Bucks go back-to-back? Or will favourites Brooklyn live up to the hype? It should be another fantastic NBA season full of value bets.
NBA Season Predictions
NBA Championship Winner – Golden State Warriors
Teams like the Nets, Lakers and Bucks will be tough to beat, but the splash brothers are back and we’re buying into it.
Not much has changed for the Golden State Warriors since they last won a championship. Klay Thompson getting injured was huge, but he’s back and he should fit right back in with Steph Curry, who has elevated his game in Thompson’s absence.
The Warriors have all the makings of another deep playoff run, and there aren’t many dramas with this team. The Lakers are old, Bucks would have to go back-to-back and the Nets could be without Irving until he gets vaccinated, so the Warriors are playing carefree basketball.
Punters get a valuable $13 with bookmakers. We expect those odds to firm considerably throughout the season, and we think they could end up paying around $5 in a few months’ time.
The Warriors are a team with Curry, Thompson, Green, Wiggins and Poole, so there is plenty to work with.
Bet: Golden State Warriors @ $13
NBA Eastern Conference Winner – Brooklyn Nets
We wanted to take the Atlanta Hawks at $23 because they are a team capable of beating the best teams in the Eastern Conference. However, we’ll use our heads and take the more likely Brooklyn Nets.
Even with Kyrie Irving being a pain off the court, as he often is, the Nets should make another deep run. They are Kevin Durant and a host of quality role players, so there shouldn’t be any excuses this time around.
Eventually, Irving will play, which adds another threat on the floor. The Nets should be one of the highest scoring teams, so if they can sure up their defence, we can’t see many teams sticking with them.
Most of the early money has come for the Nets, which has seen their price move to $2.20. Milwaukee is on the second line of betting at $4, but after winning the title last year, they might take their foot off the gas.
Bet: Brooklyn Nets @ $2.20
Regular Season MVP – Steph Curry
We have to go with our man Steph Curry, who was simply electric last season. He might be getting older, but he still scores the rock, and he also controls the games well.
Despite having another shooter on the court now, Curry will get better looks, which should result a better overall result.
The former MVP is no stranger to winning individual awards, and we’re predicting a big season from one of the most popular names in the sport.
He is currently paying $8.50, which is much better than we expected. We’re not surprised Luka Doncic is the favourite, as he was last season, but backing Curry is the much safer bet, especially with Doncic’s injury troubles.
Bet: Steph Curry @ $8.50
NBA Rookie of the Year – Cade Cunningham
We loved what we saw out of Cade Cunningham at Oklahoma State, so the former Cowboy should have a solid rookie season.
Cunningham was drafted by Detroit Pistons, so he will see plenty of game time and he can dominate both scoring and on the boards.
Detroit isn’t expected to have a successful season, and although Cunningham has suffered an ankle injury, he should have a big impact when he hits the court.
Punters get $4 for Cunningham, and we would also entertain James Bouknight, who looked good at UConn, and he could have a big impact.
Bet: Cade Cunningham @ $4
NBA Most Improved Player – Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma cops a lot of criticism, but his scoring average is steady, and he could have a breakout season for the Lakers.
He has never had a disappointing season, and given his draft pick, he has more than keep up his end of the bargain. We’re not sure why, but people expect the world from Kuzma, but he’s not a superstar.
We think he can lift his average to around 16 points per game, especially if the wise heads at the Lakers give him more ball. If he can lift his offensive production, he should be in line for the Most Improved Player tag.
Punters get juicy odds for Kuzma.
Bet: Kyle Kuzma @ $36
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.