The 2020-21 NBA season is off to a strong start, and now we’re talking about NBA betting in 2021. It is sure to be another interesting season with the coronavirus still looming and affecting play. Already, numerous games have been postponed, but the league’s schedule was prepared for that.
Bettors should also be ready for games being postponed, players not playing, and more as they look to improve their NBA winning percentages in 2021.
In any season, a consistent look at the daily injury reports is key to NBA betting success. This season’s injury reports will be even more important as players that test positive for the coronavirus will be on it.
In addition, the league has instituted its own health and safety protocols to help prevent a widespread outbreak. Players that come in contact with those who test positive will go into quarantine for at least seven days. These players will appear on the daily injury reports as well.
It’s worth noting that the NBA mandates at least eight players in order to play a game. Otherwise, games will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.
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NBA Betting in 2021 – The Schedule
Bettors must pay attention to the schedule as well as it will change on a daily basis. All postponed games must be played at some point. The 2020-21 schedule is already pretty tight as it is. Now, teams will be forced to play games on consecutive nights to accommodate the 72-game schedule.
Playing on consecutive nights is tough on players, especially those getting up there in age. It also brings up the issue of load management. Again, bettors must be aware of not only injury reports but if a player – usually a star – will sit out one of two games played on consecutive nights.
Having this information can prove crucial to your ultimate betting decisions and thereby increase your NBA winning percentage.
The Futures Market – NBA Betting in 2021
With the early season trade of James Harden to Brooklyn, the market for the NBA champion has changed dramatically. The Nets were already among a handful of favorites but have seen their odds shorten to +250.
The defending champion Lakers are still the +225 favorite to repeat and win an 18th franchise championship. Cross-town rival the Clippers are listed at +550. Paul George is having an MVP-caliber season – 24.8 points per game – thus far and Kawhi Leonard is averaging 24.3 a game.
Milwaukee, which has had the best regular season record in each of the past two seasons, is listed at +600. The Bucks have two-time reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokoumpo who is off to another great start averaging 26.6 points, 10.0 rebounds,and 5.2 assists per game.
NBA Betting in 2021
That brings up another NBA future bettors should consider – the race for the league MVP. Luka Doncic, who is averaging nearly a triple-double per game – 28.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg, and 9.4 apg – is the favorite to win at +400.
Doncic is trailed by Antetokounmpo at +450 and Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant who is listed at +800. Durant, who missed all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, is averaging 30.7 points a game so far this season.
Durant’s new teammate, Harden, won the MVP in 2017-18. He is listed as a longshot at +2500. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry and four-time winner LeBron James are both listed at +1000.
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