Betting 2021 NBA Championship Futures
It’s time to look at betting 2021 NBA Championship futures. Now that the Los Angeles Lakers won the franchise’s 17th NBA title in one of the oddest seasons on record. After the coronavirus pandemic caused a four-month disruption, the teams gathered once again in Orlando, Florida, at the Walt Disney World Resort to conclude the season.
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With no idea of when the 2020-21 NBA season will begin, it’s never too early to begin looking at the 2021 NBA championship futures market.
2021 NBA Championship Futures – The Early Favorite
LeBron James showed no signs of slowing down in winning his fourth NBA Finals MVP in leading the Lakers to the 2020 NBA title. James, who averaged 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game in the postseason, and Anthony Davis are the big reasons why the Lakers are the early favorite to repeat as champions.
Davis averaged 27.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in the playoffs and was the perfect complement to James for Los Angeles. The Lakers had the best record in the Western Conference in 2020 and are favored to win it again in 2021. The Lakers are listed at +200 in the conference race.
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The Lakers biggest challenge in 2021 NBA Championship futures is expected to come from the same team that was supposed to challenge in 2020 – crosstown rival, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers were bounced from the playoffs by Denver in the conference semifinals.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will return to lead a Clippers team that is listed at +400 to win the 2021 NBA title at the best sports books. L.A. will need to figure out to re-sign NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner Montrezl Harrell. If the Clips don’t re-sign Harrell, they will have to figure out how to replace him.
Right behind the Clippers on the NBA title futures board is Milwaukee. They have had the best record in the regular season in each of the past two seasons. This year, the Bucks were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals by Miami.
Two-time defending league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to lead the Bucks once again in their quest to win the franchise’s first NBA title since 1971. The Bucks have lost in the postseason before making the NBA finals in each of the past two seasons.
Milwaukee is listed at +650 odds to win this coming year’s NBA title. The Bucks are also the favorite to capture the Eastern Conference title. Listed at +225, Milwaukee has not won a conference title since 1974.
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At the outset of last season, not many would have pegged Miami as an NBA Finalist. The Heat enter the new season given +1400 odds to win the 2021 NBA championship. Those are the same odds given to Brooklyn, which was a pleasant surprise this year.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will return from taking a season off due to injury. The Nets have a nice core of young talent that includes Caris LeVert who averaged 20.3 points per game in the postseason.
Boston made it to the Eastern Conference finals in 2020 losing to Miami in six games. The Celtics have a strong core of young talent and are given +1200 odds to win it all this year in the 2020-21 NBA season.
The same odds are given to Golden State which finished with the worst regular season record in the league. The Warriors endured a tough season without All-Star Klay Thompson who was recovering from a torn ACL. Former MVP Stephen Curry also missed most of the season with an injury, but both will return in 2020-21.
Denver, with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, made it to the Western Conference finals. They lost to the Lakers in five games, but another year of experience will only make them better. The Nuggets are a longshot given +2000 odds to win when looking at 2021 NBA Championship futures.
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