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Who will win the NBA championship in 2022 is always tricky to call before the season begins. Currently, however, the Brooklyn Nets are early favorites. Bookmakers have outlined them as frontrunners because their Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving are all expected fit next season.
The second early favorites are the LA Lakers. Sportsbooks fancy their chances because of the team’s overall strength in depth. The Lakers aren’t overly reliant on their star players, so they are well prepared for potential injuries.
Western Conference Favorites
The LA Lakers are the favorites to take the Western Conference crown from the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers owe their tag to their strength in depth. If LeBron James or Anthony Davies are not shooting well, studs like Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell usually fill in to help the team. This exciting trio currently averages 36.7 points per game.
However, if the Lakers or the Suns don’t pull it off, the Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Utah Jazz are other favorites to win the Western Conference.
Eastern Conference Favorites
Although they clinched the title in 2021, the Milwaukee Bucks are not favorites to retain their title. Currently, the bookmaker’s favorites are the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets’ quality players – Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving – have a point to prove next season. Close behind, the bookies’ favorites to win the Eastern Conference are the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Atlanta Hawks.
The three frontrunners to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Regular Season Award are Luka Doncic, Joe Embiid, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
One of last season’s favorites for MVP, Luka Doncic, missed out on the award because of struggling to hit top form early on. However, Doncic’s stats became more and more impressive after the first few months of the Dallas Mavericks’ campaign. Being only 22, Doncic is an exciting player that might take the spotlight in the 2021-22 season.
Jo Embiid had a game average of 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds last season. Therefore, it’s not surprising to see ‘The Process’ as one of the favorites to bag MVP in 2022. The reigning Finals and Regular Season MVP holder, Giannis Antetokounmpo, had an incredible 2021-22 campaign and is an early favorite to repeat the feat. His destruction of the Phoenix Suns in six games to win the Finals this season is arguably one of the most outstanding performances in NBA Finals history. Upon winning the Finals MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo joined Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win a Regular Season and Finals MVP Award in the same year.
Unsurprisingly, previous MVP winners Kevin Durant, Le Bron James, and Stephen Curry are close favorites for next season’s award.
Top NBA Scorer
Although Bradley Beal conceded the 2021 NBA scoring title to Stephen Curry, the current Washington Wizards guard is the early favorite to score the most in 2021-22. This is because he led the NBA scoring charts for most of the 2020-21 campaign. However, he lost the title on the last day of the season when Curry scored an incredible 46 points against the Memphis Grizzlies. Curry’s final 32.0 average just topped Beal’s by 0.7 points.
Other players tipped to score the most points in 2021-2022 are Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, and Damian Lillard.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the favorites to win the NBA Championship?
As mentioned on this NBA futures page, the current favorites to win the NBA 2021-22 championship are the Brooklyn Nets. However, online sportsbooks could change the odds because of injury news, draft developments, and other factors. For this reason, check this page frequently to stay up to date with the latest odds.
What are NBA futures?
NBA Futures are betting options that let you wager on events that happen late on in the season. For example, you could bet on the winners of the Eastern or Western Conferences, who will win the MVP award, individual player records, etc. Online sportsbooks release futures odds before the season begins. You can also wager on these options throughout the year. In most cases, futures odds are more favorable before the season starts. However, the lack of information and data makes placing pre-season bets risky.
When does the 2021-2022 NBA season start?
The 2021-22 NBA season begins on Oct. 19, 2021, and finishes on April 10, 2022. The Play-In Tournament, approved by the Board of Governors to continue, will be held between April 12-15, 2022. After this, The 2022 NBA Playoffs will start April 16, 2022, followed by the 2021 NBA Finals on June 2, 2022. If required, Game 7 of the 2021 NBA Finals will take place on June 19, 2022.
What are the key dates of the NBA season?
Dates for your NBA diary are the following:
- Aug. 6: Teams can start signing free agents
- Aug. 8-17: MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas
- Sept. 28, 2021: Training camp starts
- Oct. 19, 2021: Regular season begins
- April 10, 2022: Regular season concludes
- April 12-15, 2022: Play-In Tournament begins<
- April 16, 2022: Playoffs
- June 2, 2022: NBA Finals
- June 19, 2022: Game 7 of NBA Finals (if required)
- June 23, 2022: NBA Draft<
Who are the current ten best players in the NBA?
According to recent stats, the ten best players are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, and Nikola Jokic. Last year’s Regular Season and Finals MVP was Antetokounmpo. Winning the two awards in one season was only the third time this has happened in NBA history.
What’s the best way to bet on NBA futures?
Above all, the best way to bet on NBA futures is with money you can afford to lose. However, if you’re looking for risk-free bets, you can take advantage of online betting sites’ welcome deals. These are sign-up bonuses that give you free bets when you open an account. Keep in mind, however, that these free betting credits usually have wager requirements. Also known as playthrough, the conditions of each offer vary. For this reason, always read the terms and conditions before claiming your bonus.
How many NBA futures bets are there?
Top online sportsbooks give you various futures betting options. Alongside choosing the outright winner of the NBA championship or Conferences, you can also wager on the winner of divisions: Atlantic, Central, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Pacific. What’s more, you can bet on individual awards such as the winner of the Regular Season MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Most Improved Player.