Betting Preview for the 2021-22 French LNB Basketball League

By Zarko Naric in Basketball
| September 18, 2021 8:21 am PDT

The 100th season of the French LNB League starts on October 3, 2021. Over the following four months, 18 basketball teams will be competing for a place among the top eight in the LNB Rankings.

Those that end up there will get a ticket to Disneyland. Yep, you’ve read correctly – the best French clubs advance to the LNB Playoffs, which will take place in Disneyland Paris, starting from February 2022.

The grand final is supposed to take place on May 13, 2022.

Who will win, and how will the season go? Let’s look in this 2021-22 French LNB League betting preview.

Odds to Win the 2021-22 French LNB League

The top basketball betting sites have things priced as if the reigning LNB champions will retain the title in its possession for another year.

ASVEL won the trophy in the two previous editions of the French basketball league, and odds on them doing the same once again are -140.

The #2 favorite is Monaco, the team that won the LNB title just before ASVEL started its dominance. Then, there’s also Dijon, which finished at the top of the LNB table in the regular season in 2020-21.

All other 15 teams look like huge underdogs for the title, with Fos-sur-Mer being the biggest. The odds on this team are +20000.

What Makes ASVEL the Strongest LNB Favorite?

ASVEL Team Logo

ASVEL is the most successful club in French basketball, having won the domestic league trophy on 20 occasions already. In comparison, the team that’s in second place, Limoges, has nine titles fewer.

The first time ASVEL won the LNB trophy was in 1950, just two years after the club was founded. Its most recent title win happened last season. 

How things stand now, ASVEL will keep on being the dominant force for years to come. The reason? This is the richest basketball in France.

ASVEL’s revival started in the mid-2010s when NBA legend Tony Parker got involved. He started as the club president before buying a stake in the club, which made him the majority owner. 

Another NBA player with an ASVEL connection is Clippers’ power forward Nicolas Batum, who currently serves as the club’s director of basketball operations.

Probably on Tony’s insistence, his younger brother T. J. Parker was appointed to head coach of ASVEL in summer 2020. In his first season as the ASVEL boss, Parker led the team to the LNB title, after beating Dijon 87-74 in the final.

ASVEL’s ambitions ahead of the new season are even higher. Not only is winning another LNB title on their to-do list, but ASVEL also wants to do well in the EuroLeague.

For that reason, the club went on a shopping spree during the offseason, making some pretty good signings. One of those is Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of the last season’s NBA Finals MVP, Giannis.

Kostas himself has some impressive achievements in his portfolio, most notably, winning the 2020 NBA Championship with the LA Lakers.

Still, to be frank, he didn’t play too important a role in their title-winning season.

Can Monaco Grab the Title from ASVEL’s Hands?

ASVEL’s main priority in the upcoming season is to get to the EuroLeague playoffs. Last season, they failed to do so, but this time, I expect them to try even harder.

By switching their focus to the continental league, ASVEL might end up not doing too great in the domestic league. If they fail in the French LNB, the team that could take advantage is Monaco.

Monaco won the 2017-18 season of the LNB, then finished as the runner-up the following season. When the 2019-20 season was canceled due to COVID, Monaco was at the very top of the table with a 21-3 record.

Last season, they reached the semifinal of the playoffs, where they lost to JDA Dijon. Speaking of, Dijon is the #3 in the list of top LNB candidates for the title.

Can JDA Dijon Get Its Revenge?

JDA Dijon Team Logo

JDA Dijon is one of the oldest sports clubs, not just in France, but in the entire world.

It was founded 141 years ago, in 1880, as a gymnastics club. Today, the club is best known for its basketball team, which came close to winning its first LNB title in history last year.

Dijon finished the regular season at the top of the table with a 30-7 record. They also did very well in the playoffs, at least, in the first two games – they destroyed Orleans 83-59 in the quarterfinal, then beat Monaco 79-68.

Unfortunately for them, they lost to ASVEL in the final. Will they have more luck this year?

Oddsmakers don’t think so, but like its patron saint, JDA Dijon is also famous for winning against the odds. JDA actually stands for Joan of Arc, or, in French, Jeanne d’Arc.

The good news for their fans is that most of their key men from the previous season are still on the roster. This includes David Holston who was the MVP of the French LNB in 2019.

Arguably the best player for JDA Dijon over the last three seasons has been diminutive point guard David Holston. At 5’6, he’s one of the shortest basketball players in any of the top European leagues.

Jacques Alingue, 33-year-old French forward, has also stayed in the team, as well as guards Axel Julien and Jaron Johnson. The most notable departure is Hans Vanwijn’s move to Zaragoza.

Betting on the 2021-22 French LNB League

The betting odds on ASVEL winning yet another trophy is just -150 for a reason – this team is very, very likely to win the title.

ASVEL’s players are at a different level of quality compared to players from other French clubs. That said, anything but an easy win for this team would be seen as a major upset.

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