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2021 NBA Championship Odds and Predictions

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  • When: December 22, 2020 7:00 pm EST
  • Moneyline: Lakers (+210), Nets (+550), Bucks (+600), Clippers (+600), Celtics (+1600), 76ers (+1700), Heat (+1800), Warriors (+1800), Nuggets (+2000), Mavericks (+2000), Raptors (+2800), Trail Blazers (+3500), Suns (+4000), Hawks (+8000), Pelicans (+8000), Wizards (+10000), Grizzlies (+12500), Pacers (+12500), Thunder (+15000), Magic (+17500), Spurs (+20000), Timberwolves (+20000), Bulls (+25000), Kings (+30000), Cavaliers (+30000), Hornets (+30000), Pistons (+50000) and Knicks (+50000)

2021 NBA Season PreviewWith the NBA regular season about to start next week.

Before we get into the 2021 NBA Championship odds, let’s analyze how this season will work first.

The 2020-21 NBA regular season will see each team play 72 games, ten fewer games than a typical season. Only the first-half of every teams’ schedule has been released at this point.

There will be no expanded NBA playoffs, only sixteen teams will qualify.

However, there will be a unique play-in tournament format, which will raise the stakes a bit.

In both the Eastern and Western conferences, the 7th and 8th teams in the standings after the regular season will play each other in a one-off game with the winner earning the #7 seed.

The 9th and 10th place teams will also play a one-off game with the winner earning the #8 seed. That means a team could finish 7th in the standings, but miss out on the NBA playoffs.

Favorites to Win the 2021 NBA Championship

There are four teams paying +600 odds (6/1) or less. The team with the best chances to win the 2021 NBA Championship according to Bovada.lv are the Los Angeles Lakers (+210).

The Lakers won the 2020 NBA Championship after a nine-year drought.

There’s a good reason why they’re favored to repeat. LeBron James and Anthony Davis both signed extensions, but more importantly, the Lakers added several key pieces to the roster.

They either signed/traded for Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, Wesley Matthews and Marc Gasol. They lose some veterans, but the crop they’re bringing in will produce more efficiently.

The other three top contenders are the Nets (+550), Bucks (+600) and Clippers (+600).

The Clippers got worse, as they lost Harrell and Landry Shamet. They brought in Serge Ibaka, but they needed to do more to keep up with the depth that the Lakers are building.

Milwaukee improved and will be the class of the East. They dumped some underperforming vets, while bringing in Jrue Holiday, Bobby Portis and D.J. Augustin.

The Nets are unlikely to gel as a team in my opinion. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will both score a lot of points, but the Nets are unlikely to contend for the 2021 NBA Championship

Longshots to Win the 2021 NBA Championship

After the four favored teams, the next team in the 2021 NBA Championship futures betting market are the Boston Celtics (+1600). So, there’s definitely potential for a big payout.

However, you need to keep in mind that the top NBA teams often win the title. It’s not like the NHL where longshots win the Stanley Cup regularly. The last nine NBA Champions were a #1/#2 seed.

With the top of the West crowded with the Lakers and Clippers, your best bet to target some value in this market is in the East. The Celtics are the best longshot bet to win the 2021 NBA title.

The Celtics will look similar to last season minus a few pieces. Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter are both gone, which is a good thing. Boston brought in Tristan Thompson and Jeff Teague.

Kemba Walker is injured to begin the season, but as long as he’s 100% by the playoffs, the Celtics are going to be tough to eliminate. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are both more experienced as well.

2021 NBA Conference Futures Predictions

I’m already betting on the Lakers to win the 2021 NBA Championship at low odds, so I’m not going to double-down on them in the conference futures market, but I have a great bet from the East.

We’re getting a great price on the Celtics to win the East in 2021 at nearly 6/1 odds.

Boston lost to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2020 (4-2), but the Heat are worse after losing Jae Crowder, while only adding rotational pieces like Maurice Harkless.

The Bucks have choked in the playoffs in recent years and the Celtics can beat them.

Really, the only competition for the Celtics will be the Bucks. The Toronto Raptors are worse and will struggle in 2021. The Heat are worse and the Philadelphia 76ers are also worse on paper.

Thompson is going to be a force in the paint for the Celtics and could average 15+ RPG this season, as he’s going to get a lot of minutes. The Celtics don’t have a top 5 player, but they have depth.

At the end of the day, if it’s the Celtics vs. Bucks in the East Finals, having the Celtics at +550 is going to be much better than any series price you’ll get next year during the NBA playoffs.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

Scott is one of the original degenerates working for MobileSportsBetting.com. Although he's most successful betting on NFL football and international soccer, he's also active in UFC and NHL hockey betting.

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