The 2021-2022 NBA season is scheduled to start on Tuesday Oct. 19, with the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Brooklyn Nets in a rematch from last year’s NBA Playoffs. It’ll be part of a double-header, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Golden State Warriors in what should be a substantially hyped game as Russell Westbrook debuts for the Lakers and Klay Thompson returns to the court for the Warriors. The four teams playing on opening night are actually the four favorites for this year’s NBA Championship, with the Nets at +200, the Lakers at +400, the Bucks at +900, and the Warriors at +1100.
The defending champion Phoenix Suns are just +1700 to repeat in the 2021-2022 season, and they have only the sixth best line despite winding up on top in 2020-2021. The Suns are in the NBA’s Pacific Division, along with the Lakers, Warriors, and the Los Angeles Clippers, and it’s a division that has four of the top seven teams in the NBA in terms of championship betting odds. By contrast, their finals opponent from last season has a much easier divisional road, as the Bucks are -900 to win the Central Division.
Last year’s MVP trophy went to Nikola Jokic, but he opens 2021-2022 at just +1500 to repeat, with Luka Doncic sitting atop as the favorite at +380. Doncic is followed by Kevin Durant at +600, Joel Embiid at +700, and Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steph Curry who are both +900. For Rookie of the Year, first overall pick Cade Cunningham is the favorite at +250, but the number two selection Jalen Green is close behind him at +275. The opening favorites for Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved Player are Jordan Clarkson at +500 and Michael Porter Jr. at +900. For Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert and Ben Simmons are nearly co-favorites at +340 and +350.
The 2021-2022 NBA regular season begins on Tuesday Oct. 19.
The Milwaukee Bucks won the 2020-2021 NBA Championship.
Eight teams from each conference will make the 2021-2022 NBA Playoffs, for a total of 16 teams.
Each NBA team is scheduled to play 82 games for the 2021-2022 regular season.
The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be on Feb. 20 2022 in Cleveland, OH.
The 2021-2022 NBA Playoffs are scheduled to start on Apr. 16 2022.
The NBA Finals are scheduled to start on Jun. 2 2022.
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