Complete NBA Betting Guide: Live Game Odds & 2021 NBA Title Futures
The 2020-2021 NBA season has been a different one, as fans are just now starting to slowly get into the games on a limited basis. With that said, the NBA betting market still remains as popular as ever.
NBA betting continues to grow in popularity with the increase of legal sports betting states and the love for prop betting across legal sports bettors. This makes betting on basketball much more fun, and something that can have action each and every night for a long period of time.
In recent years, the NBA has become one of the most popular sports to bet on. Of course, football is still king in terms of betting but basketball has slowly but surely become a popular option for bettors. As the legal sports betting landscape becomes more and more prominent, this will only increase in popularity. Let’s take a look at the best ways to bet on the NBA, NBA Consensus picks, legal sportsbooks available, which states to bet in, and plenty of NBA odds and betting options.
Let’s take a look at how to wager on the NBA, a look at the latest game lines, futures, and more.
Betting on NBA Game Lines
NBA Futures Odds
How Can I Bet on the NBA?
There are many ways to bet on the NBA at legal online sportsbooks in the US. Let’s take a look at a NBA Odds guide for ways to bet on the NBA, a look at some futures betting offerings and more.
NBA Odds Guide
For betting on the NBA, there are plenty of odds to choose from and betting types to go with it. Some of these ways to bet on the NBA include:
- Totals (Over/Unders)
- Teasers and more!
NBA Futures Betting
Betting on NBA futures is one of the more popular betting markets available, as there are plenty of options to wager on. Here’s a look at some examples:
- NBA Finals Futures
- Bet on the Lakers (+250) to win the NBA Finals
- Conference Champions
- Bet on the Clippers (+125) to win the Western Conference)
- Division Champions
- Bet on the Sixers (-115) to win the Atlantic Division
- Individual Awards
- NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, etc
- NBA Draft Odds
- First Pick Odds, Odds for LaMelo Ball to get drafted to a team, etc.
Where Can I Bet on the NBA?
Sports bettors can bet on the NBA in a variety of sports at many different sportsbooks. With nearly half of the US approaching legal sports betting, the options have never been more prevalent. Let’s take a look at the top sportsbooks to bet on the NBA.
States Available: PA, NJ, WV, IN, NH, IA, CO
States Available: PA, NJ, WV, IN, IA, CO, NY
States Available: NJ, CO, WV, IN, NV
The following states are (or will be) accepting bets on the NBA, whether online or retail.
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
Nets Favored to win 2021 NBA Finals
|Los Angeles Lakers||+400|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+550|
The 2020-2021 NBA season has begun, and NBA Finals odds have already changed. The Lakers were +275 before the season, but their odds have increased to +260 to win the NBA Finals. Keep an eye on these odds going forward, as there will be some value to be had for NBA futures. Keep an eye on the Brooklyn Nets, whose odds increased to +300 just a week after the James Harden trade, but decreased to +385 after some initial “struggles” and back to +350 while the Bucks and Sixers’ odds increased.
As April began, the Nets topped the charts at +260 with LeBron James and Anthony Davis both hurt for the Lakers. Then, Brooklyn increased to +220 to win the Finals. At the end of April, the Jazz passed the Bucks in terms of odds to win the Finals, and the Nets settled in at +240.
As May began, the Nets shot up to +200 with the Lakers falling to +400.
2021 NBA Finals Odds Movement
A look at the odds movement throughout the duration of the market. As you can see, the Utah Jazz have a ton of movement since the start of the season.
|Team||Current Odds||April||March||February||January||Opening Night Odds||Early December Odds||November Odds||Opening Odds|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+400||+290||+250||+250||+230||+275||+275||+300||+350|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+540||+500||+550||+550||+550||+550||+550||+550||+450|
– Top NBA Final Betting Upsets of All Time –
2016 NBA Finals – LeBron and Kyrie dethrone the Golden State Warriors
The Warriors were up 3-1, but the Cavaliers won three straight including a nail-biting 93-89 victory in Game 7. This has been dubbed as LeBron James’ biggest win in his career, without a doubt.
2011 NBA Finals – Dallas Mavericks Ruin Miami Heat’s Plans
The LeBron James-led Heat lost in six games to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. This was the first season of the “new” Miami Heat after LeBron James joined Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, but they could not finish the job. Not to worry though, they took care of business in the seasons after.
2004 NBA Finals – Pistons Take Down Mighty Lakers
From Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O’Neal to an older Gary Parton and Karl Malone, the 2004 Lakers were huge favorites to win the 2004 NBA Finals against the Pistons team led by Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, and Ben Wallace. In an upset, Detroit won in five games, and Karl Malone retired without a championship.
Last 5 NBA Finals Betting Odds
Bold is the winner, first team listed is the team with the home-court seeding.
2019 NBA Finals Betting Odds
- Toronto Raptors +230 vs. Golden State Warriors -270
2018 NBA Finals Betting Odds
- Golden State Warriors -1075 vs Cleveland Cavaliers +688
2017 NBA Finals Betting Odds
- Golden State Warriors -300 vs Cleveland Cavaliers +250
2016 NBA Finals Betting Odds
- Golden State Warriors -220 vs Cleveland Cavaliers +180
2015 NBA Finals Betting Odds
- Golden State Warriors -220 vs Cleveland Cavaliers +190
2021 NBA MVP Opening Odds
The NBA MVP markets for the 2021 NBA season have already been posted. Here is a look at the latest odds.
|Player||Odds to Win NBA MVP|
Luka Doncic is now the favorite to win the NBA MVP, sitting at +450 at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is +500 to win the award. Both are ahead of Anthony Davis and LeBron James, but Stephen Curry’s odds increased to +800 after Klay Thompson’s injury.
Last 5 NBA MVP Betting Odds
A look at the last five NBA MVPs with their odds to win at the time pre-season.
2020 NBA MVP – Giannis Antetokounmpo (+500)
2019 NBA MVP – Giannis Antetokounmpo (+475)
2018 NBA MVP – James Harden (+1100)
2017 NBA MVP – Russell Westbrook (+200)
2016 NBA MVP – Steph Curry (+650)
2015 NBA MVP – Steph Curry (+1600)
NBA Betting Odds Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I bet on the NBA legally?
You can bet on the NBA legally in the United States in states with legal sports betting. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and more.
Can I bet on the NBA Draft?
Yes. In places with legal online sportsbooks, you can bet on the NBA Draft.
When is the 2021 NBA Finals?
The 2021 NBA Finals will take place in the summer of 2021.
Who is the favorite to win the NBA Finals?
The favorite to win the NBA Finals is the Brooklyn Nets.
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