Best NBA Futures Bets for the 2021-22 Season

| October 15, 2021 9:13 am PDT

Can you believe the start of the 2021-22 NBA season is just days away? Opening night will feature a pair of spectacular matchups. The great news is we already have betting information for the night.

With the season beginning, this could be your best opportunity to target betting categories. Whether it’s win total or NBA MVP, the odds may never be better.

Here are my best NBA futures bets for 2021-22. Bettors can find the odds at

Kevin Durant to Win MVP (+800)

The Brooklyn Nets may have fallen short of the 2021 NBA Championship, but Kevin Durant reminded us that he is still one of the top players in the world.

Playing without Kyrie Irving and a hobbled James Harden, Durant shouldered the workload. He had this all-time performance in the Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Game 5 Game 6 Game 7
Points 49 32 48
Rebounds 17 11 9
Assists 10 3 6
Field Goal Percentage 69.6 50.0 47.2

While losing in the playoffs was tough, the summer wasn’t all bad for Durant. He led Team USA to a Gold Medal and signed a big contract extension.

Brooklyn enters the 2021-22 season as the championship favorite, but they are already facing some adversity.

Irving likely won’t play in home games due to Brooklyn’s COVID-19 policy. That means the workload will be on Durant and Harden. Harden has operated as more of a facilitator over the last year.

With that in mind, there’s a great chance Durant is doing the majority of scoring on one of the best teams.

Even at age 33, Durant remains one of the game’s best players. I like his chances to win his second career MVP.

Los Angeles Lakers to Win Pacific Division (+100)

The division winner isn’t a big deal in the NBA. However, bettors will look for any opportunity to gain money, and predicting division winners is one of them.

It’s not often you’ll see the division favorite have a “+” next to their odds. In this case, bettors will appreciate it.

Following a disappointing 2020-21 season, the Los Angeles Lakers retooled their roster this offseason. Their most notable move came when they acquired Russell Westbrook. Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis make up one of the best big threes in the NBA.

Any team with LeBron is going to be in championship contention. Adding in Davis and Westbrook, and the chances look even better.

But at the end of the day, it’s hard to win a championship. I think the division bet is a lot safer.

Their biggest competitors are the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors.

Phoenix finished with the second-best record last season and made the NBA Finals. Golden State missed the playoffs, but they have high hopes with Klay Thompson back in the fold.

The Lakers have a much better team than last season and should remain at the top of the division. They have enough firepower and depth to sustain a potential injury.

Portland Trail Blazers to Makes the Playoffs (-225)

I wouldn’t be afraid to be aggressive with this bet. The Portland Trail Blazers had a bit of a scare this offseason with a potential Damian Lillard trade. However, Lillard remains committed to Portland, and there will not be a trade at this time.

With Lillard in the picture, the Trail Blazers enter the 2021-22 season at full strength.

Portland has made the playoffs eight years in a row. The driving force behind those playoff teams has been Lillard and C.J. McCollum. We all know how great Lillard has been, but McCollum has averaged over 20.7 points for six straight seasons.

The Trail Blazers’ only major loss this offseason was Carmelo Anthony. Portland did replenish their depth with these offseason additions.

  • Ben McLemore
  • Tony Snell
  • Larry Nance Jr.
  • Cody Zeller
  • Dennis Smith Jr.

This team isn’t far off the one that went 42-30 last season. And you have to factor in McCollum missing 35 games. Having him back in the fold gives Portland a great chance to earn a spot in the top six.

Unless Lillard misses major time, I don’t see Portland missing the playoffs. There’s just too much talent on that team.

New York Knicks Under 42.5 Wins (+100)

Coming into the 2020-21 season, the New York Knicks hadn’t won more than 32 games in six straight seasons. There weren’t many expectations for them last season.

The Knicks went on to surprise everyone, winning 41 games and making the playoffs as the four seed in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, they looked lifeless in their first-round loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Julius Randle had a tough time with 18.0 points per game on 29.4 percent shooting from the field.

That postseason performance had a lot of people wondering if Randle could be the main star on a playoff team. Well, New York didn’t exactly bring in another star.

Their two biggest free-agent signings were Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. Those are quality options, but how much are they moving the needle?

Meanwhile, we saw multiple fringe playoff contenders improve. The most notable being the Chicago Bulls.

It’s fair to say the Knicks overachieved last season. I think they’ll have a tough time backing that up. They can still be a playoff contender, but the odds are too good for me not to bet.

With the increased competition, I don’t see the Knicks exceeding 42.5 wins.

Betting on the 2021-22 NBA Season

Going into the 2021-22 season, it seems like the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are on a crash course to the NBA Finals. However, we saw last season how one injury can change everything. That applies to all awards and picks you can bet on.

Will the 2021-22 NBA season surprise us, or will the usual suspects dominate the league? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

When you’re ready to place your bets, check out the top NBA betting sites.

Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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