Publish Date: October 18, 2021
Fact checked by: Alyx Tzamantanis
We have finally made it to the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. All the action on the court starts tomorrow night. However, there’s still plenty of action to be had in the online sports books. Betting.net is here to help you through the entire NBA to make the smartest bets and build the strongest bankroll. For now, we’re going to the futures bets. The favorites out of the East and West, and for the MVP.
We’ve heard almost nothing about the Nets this offseason besides Kyrie drama. The truth of the matter though is that Brooklyn doesn’t need Kyrie to win. If Kevin Durant and James Harden are healthy that’s plenty to get them out of the East and into the Finals. The addition of Patty Mills will help fill the gap at PG whether Kyrie returns or not.
It’s rare that the defending NBA champion returns all of it’s main players and isn’t a favorite to win. Is that because of how dominant the Nets are, or because Giannis after an NBA championship and back-to-back MVPs is still being undervalued? We’ll find ot soon enough, but the Bucks are a hard team to bet against especially with how Giannis has shot so far in the pre-season.
If you’re looking for a sleeper team look no further than the Miami Heat. The defending Eastern Conference champs had a down year last year and were swept by the Bucks. Still, they added Kyle Lowry in the offseason and could easily return to their 2020 form.
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Injuries tanked an otherwise promising season after a short layoff for the Lakers. Still, the additions of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and other veterans, along with Lebron and AD mean that the Lakers are undisputed favorites to come out of the West.
Although it feels like a long time, it was only at the end of the 2018 season that Warriors were holding their third trophy in four years. Steph Curry and Draymond Green are hoping to get Klay Thompson back in December and pick up where their dynasty left off. Can they find their dominant ways again, or has the rest of the league caught up?
Denver’s my sleeper choice out of the West. They will miss Jamal Murray in the beginning of the season, but Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr., and Aaron Gordon can all pick up the slack. This is a squad that could be dominant at all phases of the game and on all spots on the floor.
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Luka’s steadily been working his way up into the MVP conversation over the course of the last two seasons. If Kristaps Porzingis can get back to his Knicks form and the Mavericks are one of the best teams in the East, it will be hard not to give this award to the young Slovenian.
Durant is one of, if not the best scorer in the league. He also has another one of the best scorers in the league, James Harden, as a teammate. KD’s ability to have an MVP season will rely on a few things. For one, it will help him if Kyrie misses significant time. Another will be how the team plays around him. We saw the Nets struggle last postseason when it was just Durant. Others will need to play well around him for his greatness to truly stand out and capture a second MVP award.
Somewhat of a forgotten man over the past couple seasons Stephen Curry is still the best shooter in the league, and likely of all time. If the Warriors bounce back and reassert their dominance in the West, Curry could pick up his third MVP.