The new NBA season starts this week and we have all the futures betting predictions you need before tipoff.
Only a couple of months following the end of last season, the players will be on court this week. The 72-game season will see the best teams and players compete for the top prize.
Can anyone beat LeBron James and the Lakers? Or will a new team emerge as a frontrunner in the NBA?
We have our best bets for the 2021 NBA Championship, conference championships, MVP, and Rookie of the Year.
NBA Season Preview
NBA Championship 2021 Winner – Brooklyn Nets
Most of the money has come for the Los Angeles Lakers at $3.60, but we don’t think they’ll repeat this season. It’s tough to bet against LeBron James, but he’s not getting any younger and the Nets are a side ready to explode.
Without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the squad last season, they made a good run in the playoffs. With those two players back wearing black, anything is possible this season.
It will take Durant some time to come back from a serious leg injury, but he’s a champion player and he has a quality team around him.
With the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris, the Nets are a team that has the depth and the natural talent to go all the way.
Punters get value odds for the Nets, who have the easier road to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference.
Bet: Brooklyn Nets
NBA Western Conference winner – Dallas Mavericks
We toyed with taking either the Lakers or Clippers, but the team with the most upside in the west are the Dallas Mavericks.
If they can stay healthy this season, they are easily good enough to take down the more-favoured squads. The onus gets put on Kristaps Porzingis, who hasn’t been able to stay heathy much over the last few years.
However, Luka Doncic is a stud and the current favourite to win MVP. That’s quite a task for the young star, but he could average a triple-double this season, which would take Dallas close to a title.
If there is a team that could cause an upset this season, the Mavericks are the team.
Bet: Dallas Mavericks
NBA Eastern Conference winner – Miami Heat
Our top pick is Brooklyn Nets at $3.60, given that we think they will win the NBA title this season. However, there is also value with the Miami Heat to win the east.
The Heat had an incredible season earlier this year and they will only get better with more experience on the court.
Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic provide the experience needed for Miami to win and coupled with the youth of Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson, the Heat are dangerous.
We are surprised at the odds to win the east, but they are a great saver bet for punters that want to back the Nets and the Heat.
Bet: Miami Heat
Regular season MVP – Luka Doncic
We can’t look past Luka Doncic as the regular season MVP. The Dallas Maverick is the current favourite because he puts up incredible numbers.
He could average a triple-double this season and if he remains uninjured, expect him to give that honour a run for its money.
He is currently ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steph Curry in the betting, so he will need to play well to garner enough votes to win. However, he is one of the brightest stars in the NBA and we think his career will continue to progress this season.
Bet: Luka Doncic
NBA Rookie of the Year – Anthony Edwards
It’s hard to believe the #1 draft pick isn’t the favourite to win Rookie of the Year, but that’s the case this season.
Heading the market is LaMelo Ball and Obi Toppin, but there is better value with Anthony Edwards. Ball is a good passer but we’re not sure if he’s going to score enough points to impress the judges.
Obi Toppin has shown an excellent ability to shoot during preseason and he gets a lot of minutes for the Knicks, but Edwards is the brightest prospect.
The Timberwolves point guard has continued to improve in the preseason and they didn’t select him top in the NBA draft without reason.
Expect Edwards to steadily improve this season and make a late claim for the title.
Bet: Anthony Edwards
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.