It feels like the Los Angeles Lakers have just won the 2020 season but the NBA is back again after the shortest off-season period. The new season will start on the 22nd of December while the playoff is scheduled to begin on the 22nd of May. Defending champions Los Angeles Lakers are top favorites again according to the NBA 2021 winner odds. Let’s see their and the other teams’ odds.
The second part of the 2020 season was a very unique one with teams playing their playoff games in a special bubble. It was followed by the finals also held behind closed doors, won by Los Angeles Lakers. Only 72 days after the final game, the new season will start on the 22nd of December. It is hard to predict how players could recharge in this short period of time, especially players involved in the last games. While for other teams not qualifying for the playoffs the too long break could cause issues. But the biggest teams should still perform well along with their key players in this new, shortened season as well. Let’s see the main favorites for this year’s title.
NBA 2021 winner odds favor Lakers to win again
The Los Angeles Lakers managed to sign new deals with their two major players, Anthony Davies and LeBron James. Last season they won their division, their conference and the finals at the end against Miami Heat. The team won their 17th title which was James’ fourth NBA title as well. Lakers also added new additions to their squad including Marc Gasol from Toronto Raptors. So they look even stronger than last season and have the odds of 3.50 to win the title again by online sportsbooks in the US.
Their biggest rival can be the other team from Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers. Who have the odds of 7.50 in the NBA 2021 winner odds. The Clippers were in the top favorites last season too, but failed to deliver. They lost against Denver in the Conference Semi-finals, the second round in the Playoffs. The club owners sacked the head coach, Doc Rivers and appointed his assistant, Tyronn Lue. They also signed 2019 NBA champion Serge Ibaka to their already strong squad. Including players like Kahwi Leonard and Paul George. Now their aim is to improve on last season’s result and get the trophy from their local rivals.
Heat, Bucks and other favorites
Milwaukee Bucks managed to sign a record, 5-year contract for $228 million with the team’s and the whole league’s best player, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek player is happy at the club which signed him in 2013, even though he couldn’t really compete for the NBA title so far. Last season the Bucks got to the conference semi-finals but lost there 4-1 against Miami. For this season the club tried to get more players to support their best player. They signed Jrue Holiday, Torrey Craig and Bobby Portis, all very experienced players. So now Bucks might go even further, their odds to win their second league title is 7.50 on BetOnline.
Online gambling sites in the US also mention Brooklyn Nets in the favorites with the same odds (7.50) to become champions. The team has star players Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving but both of them missed most of the games last season. After recovery now they can lead the team all the way. While last season’s finalists Miami Heat caused a huge surprise by almost winning their fourth title. They kept most of their key players like Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and veteran Goran Dragic. In this new season they can prove that their performance wasn’t an accident and they belong to the top teams. The Heat have the odds of 15.00 to win the NBA title in 2021.