NBA 2020 – 2021 Season Odds, Predictions, & Futures Bets

By: Jay Patel & Trent Pruitt

The NBA is right around the corner so Jay and I are going to separate teams into several tiers and highlight teams that we think have legitimate title shots entering the 2020-2021 campaign! We are listing teams according to their odds listed at Betonline and then adjusting them into tiers that we think they belong. 

In addition they’ll dive into some other future bets and win totals that caught their attention and will be worth playing if you’re looking for some long term action! 

No Shot Tier

Houston Rockets+5000
New Orleans Pelicans+7500
Chicago Bulls+10000
Oklahoma City Thunder+10000
Washington Wizards+10000
Atlanta Hawks+12500
Indiana Pacers+12500
Memphis Grizzlies+12500
Minnesota Timberwolves+15000
Charlotte Hornets+20000
Orlando Magic+25000
Sacramento Kings+25000
San Antonio Spurs+25000
Cleveland Cavaliers+50000
Detroit Pistons+50000
New York Knicks+50000

Longshot Tier

Toronto Raptors +2800
Portland Trail Blazers +4000
Phoenix Suns +4000
Utah Jazz +4000

Phoenix Suns (+4000)

There’s a lot of hype around Phoenix surrounding the Suns as they enter the new season. I think it’s fair that they’re 40/1 odds considering how top-heavy the league is with the superstar tandems but let’s not forget, James Jones is putting together his own “big three” with Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton along with the acquisition of Chris Paul. The new addition of a point guard was much needed. It was too tall of a task to try and move Book over to point and let him run the offense. Paul makes the Suns essentially a lock in my opinion to make the playoffs and at that point, they’re in the dance. I also think they’ll land a 4-6 seed which would have them avoiding an early round matchup with the L.A. teams. At this point I can see them advancing into the second round or Conference Championship where they’ll be looking at a matchup with the Lakers, Mavs, or Clippers where it becomes all about value. This is definitely a long shot pick, but if the playoff seeding falls into place nicely, Phoenix is definitely worth a shot at 40/1. 

-Trent Pruitt (@trentbets

Portland Trail Blazers (+4000) 

I’m excited for the Blazers this season, and they are looking like a strong contender in the elite Western Conference. Melo, CJ, and Dame Time are elite scorers who can easily combine to score 70+ points on any given night. I love their additions of Derrick Jones Jr., Robert Covington, Enes Kanter, and Harry Giles. Each of them are going to add solid depth and play a key role on an underrated Blazers team. I also like the Rodney Hood signing. He missed last season due to injury, but his scoring will be a great in-house improvement for Portland. You can’t forget about Jusuf Nurkic. The big man can do it all, from rebounding to passing to scoring to blocking. He’s a perfect fit on the Blazers, and playing a full season will greatly improve the Blazers. Dame Time will lead a revamped, strong Trail Blazers roster. There’s no reason you shouldn’t give Portland a shot with these odds. 

-Jay Patel (@jpatel2444

Dark Horse Tier

Miami Heat +1800
Denver Nuggets +2000
Golden State Warriors +2500

Miami Heat (+1800) 

The Eastern Conference Champs return this season with a championship on their minds. The culture of the Heat is one of the biggest reasons I love them in this dark horse tier. Jimmy Butler leads a Miami team with a good mix of youth and veterans. Miami added Avery Bradley and Maurice Harkeless, re-signed Meyers Leonard and Goran Dragic, and signed Bam Adebayo to a max contract. The biggest loss for Miami was Jae Crowder, however, Bradley, Andre Iguodala, Harkless, and Duncan Robinson will easily be able to fill the void. Additionally, I’m expecting great contributions from the young core of Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, rookie Precious Achiuwa, and Robinson. The growth of the core will be critical in Miami’s playoff run. After his first season ended in a finals run for Jimmy Buckets, I’m not ruling out another deep playoff run for the Miami Heat. And neither should you. 

-Jay Patel (@jpatel2444

Strong Title Contenders

Brooklyn Nets +650
Philadelphia 76ers +1400
Dallas Mavericks +2000

Brooklyn Nets (+650)

Kyrie and KD are back for Brooklyn and they are going to cause chaos in the Eastern Conference. Hopefully both can stay healthy this season. New HC Steve Nash will be considered a strong candidate for Coach of the Year. Rising stars Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Spencer Dinwiddie will be a great supporting cast for Brooklyn’s two stars. Add in sharpshooter Joe Harris (signed an extension during the off-season), newly-acquired Landry Shamet, and breakout player Timothe Liwawu-Cabbarot, and the Nets are going to be dangerous. They’ll easily be a strong contender for the championship. 

-Jay Patel (@jpatel2444

The Favorites

Los Angeles Lakers +250 
Los Angeles Clippers +675
Milwaukee Bucks +675 
Boston Celtics +2000

Boston Celtics (+2000)

When it comes to betting the futures market, it’s all about trying to identify value. While the Bucks and Nets are favorites to represent the East and win the Championship (both +650), you can’t justify tying your money up that long for that little of a payday. Plus, I have my reserves about both of those teams anyways. I think the Nets are going to underperform with all of those personalities coming together for the first time and as for the Bucks, they’re just soft. Even if they make it out of the East, in my opinion, they’re not tough enough to hang with the Lakers through a seven game series. So why do I like the Celtics so much? I think Danny Ainge has assembled the perfect mix of grit and finesse. Locking Jayson Tatum up for five years and building around him was a phenomenal move. I think the Celtics are tough enough defensively with Marcus Smart and Tristan Thompson to slow down a team like Milwaukee or Miami and they have Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, and the aforementioned Tatum to put up points on the other side. Boston sports executives are some of the best in the business and I think we may look back at getting 20/1 odds to win the championship and call it a steal. 

-Trent Pruitt (@trentbets

Los Angeles Lakers (+260) 

I can’t shy away from what the Lakers have done to improve their roster. I believe they actually got better than last year. Dennis Schroder is one of my favorite players in the league, and whether he starts or comes off the bench, his scoring and passing will change the pace of the Lakers offense. Wesley Matthews and Marc Gason are two battle-tested veterans who are going to bring great value to the Lakers both on and off the court. One of the bigger moves LA made was landing Montrezl Harrell from the rival LA Clippers. This move was win-win for the Lakers as they added a solid player from the rival team on an excellent value deal (2 yr. /$19 million). JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard are excellent basketball players, however, Trez and Marc Gason are huge upgrades. Moreover, locking up AD, LeBron, and KCP were more huge wins for LA. They will be starting the season on short rest, but this team is stacked, and their chances of a repeat are high. There’s a reason they have the best odds to take home the championship. 

-Jay Patel (@jpatel2444

Other Future Bets

In this section we’ve selected a few bets that we think have a shot at cashing over the 72 game 2020-2021 campaign! 

Russell Westbrook Average Points Per Game: Over 25.5 (-115)

Basically, Russell Westbrook is a ball hog. But he’s a talented ball hog and back in a position where he is going to be the main guy. He’ll have Bradley Beal alongside him but this is mostly going to be the “Russ Show.” He’s exceeded the 25.5 mark three out of the last six seasons so it’s very doable. Washington was 7th in PACE last year with 105.2 possessions per game so they love to run the court. He’ll get plenty of opportunities to shoot the rock this season – take the over!

-Trent Pruitt (@trentbets

Devin Booker Average Assists Per Game: Under 6.5 (-130) 

One of the best scorers in the game, Booker also shares the ball. In 2018, he averaged 6.8 assists per game, and in 2019, he averaged 6.5 assists. With CP3 on the team now, the Suns have one of the better floor generals in the game. I see Paul getting the majority of the assists between him and Booker. Paul will set up Booker with better shots, and this will reduce the amount of assists DBook has. He’s a lethal scorer and we saw that in the bubble. Phoenix needs him to score and players to get him the ball. Booker will still get assists, but don’t bet on him putting up career numbers in that category. 

-Jay Patel (@jpatel2444)

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