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NBA 2021 Odds, Who to Watch?

NBA 2021 Odds, Who to Watch?


NBA 2021 Odds, Who to Watch?

With the NBA 2021 season fastly approaching, we have the contenders, the new teams that could get into playoffs or championship contention, and yes, the teams who may not be as good as they claim.

But what does pretty much every single team in the NBA have in common? They all get at least one star, one baller who is a gamechanger for them, and some even good enough to fight for the NBA's MVP award.

Here, we are looking at each team, their best player, and if that player can or cannot hope to get into the MVP race. Who to watch, and take into account everytime you bet on this teams. Remember to check the NBA 2021 odds for the season here at Betmania Sportsbook Online.

We will go through them according to the standings of the 2020 season. Now, let's jump into them.

Let's start with the Western Conference: 

  • LA Lakers: Well, the reigning champions have two MVP candidates. LeBron James was the MVP runner-up last season and Finals MVP, while Anthony Davis is also a top contender for the award.
  • LA Clippers: Kawhi Leonard is the obvious choice here. The Klaw is a top 5 player in the world and averaged 27 points per game, with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The problem with Kawhi is he usually has load management, which furthers him from the MVP convo.
  • Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic has solidified himself as probably the best Center in the league. With 19.9 ppg, 9.7 rbg, and 7.0 apg, if Jokic gets aggressive at the low post, he can easily be at the conversation.
  • Houston Rockets: Per the time of writing, Harden is still on the roster. The 2017-2019 MVP is trying to get out, but his talent is undeniable, winning the scoring championship three years in a row now.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC doesn't have an MVP-caliber player. However, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could make a case for Most Improved.
  • Utah Jazz: It will be challenging, but Donovan Mitchell is a superstar, and with the recent $195 million extension, Mitchell should be balling out this season.
  • Dallas Mavericks: Well, they already have an MVP contender from last season. Luka Doncic just averaged 28.8 ppg, 9.4 rbg, and 8.8 apg in his second season as a pro, which is insane. The sky is the limit for Luka.
  • Portland Trail Blazers: Dame Dolla's house. Damian Lillard is a stud and guided the Blazers to an unlikely postseason appearance averaging 30/4/8 last season. Lillard is arguably the NBA's best point guard and an MVP candidate.
  • Memphis Grizzlies: They have no elite talent, but a young baller in Ja Morant, who may be in All-Star conversations, just not enough to get into the MVP race.
  • Phoenix Suns: Oh yes, I'm calling it, Devin Booker will be an All-Star, but it wouldn't shock me a bit if he is in the MVP conversation this year. Phoenix is in a great place after almost a decade of misery.
  • San Antonio Spurs: Popovich doesn't have much talent to work with, no MVP, and probably not All-Stars.
  • Sacramento Kings: De'Aaron Fox just signed a Max Contract, but he needs a leap to at least get into All-Star level.
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson is healthy from the start, and he was impressive in his rookie season, is the MVP conversation too far from him? Health is a concern.
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: There's a huge upside for this team, especially if Karl-Anthony Towns is on his best form. KAT can dominate; beware of him.
  • Golden State Warriors: Of course, Steph Curry is back, and with no Klay, he will be shooting lights out. Curry is a two-time MVP and will be in the conversation if the Warriors reach the playoffs.

So, as for the East, you have a two-time and reigning MVP, but who else can compete for the MVP in the Eastern Conference?

  • Milwaukee Bucks: Well, they have the 2x-reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is a dominator. He can attack the rim at will and protect the pain at an elite level. Of course, he is on the run for another MVP.
  • Toronto Raptors: The Raptors don't have an MVP player, but Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, and Fred VanVleet can all make All-Star cases for themselves.
  • Boston Celtics: It may be a little early in his career, but man, if Jayson Tatum can be consistent and guide Boston to the first seed, he can easily be in the conversation.
  • Indiana Pacers: The Pacers are not a star-studded team, but they are well-rounded. If you have to choose, Victor Oladipo has to be the one. Although he can get an All-Star or even and MIP case, MVP is a bit farfetched.
  • Miami Heat: Solidified as an incredible clutch player and leader; if Jimmy Butler can improve a tad bit his stats and guide Miami to a top seed, he can become an MVP candidate for sure.
  • Philadelphia 76ers: If we talk about talent, Joel Embiid should be here, but he lacks consistency, leadership and, quite frankly, leave it to the Sixers to disappoint you. Let's see how it goes with Doc Rivers as the new Head Coach, though.
  • Brooklyn Nets: We have two players here. Kevin Durant is the obvious MVP choice, but he had the Achilles injury, and it remains to be seen as to how he recovers from it. Therefore, if KD is not at the peak of his powers, Kyrie Irving has all the talent in the world to be an MVP; it's his out-of-the-court shenanigans that affect his play, if he is focused, he is elite.
  • Orlando Magic: No MVP, and probably no All-Stars, although Nikola Vucevic will surely want to repeat his status. Also, guard Cole Anthony can make a case for Rookie of the Year.
  • Washington Wizards: They have one of the best backfields in the league, but for MVP, take a look at what Bradley Beal can do, he just averaged 30 per game and was snubbed out of the All-Star game, so he is back with a vengeance.
  • Charlotte Hornets: They don't have much to offer. Gordon Hayward is their best player, but he can make an All-Star at best, also rookie sensation LaMelo Ball, but not much to expect from Charlotte.
  • Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan. Oh, he isn't playing anymore? Well, the Bulls have stunk ever since, apart from the Derrick Rose prime years. They are nowhere near having an MVP caliber player.
  • New York Knicks: Oh man, the Knicks have nothing. Nothing at all. They have been rebuilding for ages now; it's one of the worst-run franchises in sports.
  • Detroit Pistons: They have D-Rose and Blake Griffin as a good 1-2 punch duo, but they're not more than All-Star contenders.
  • Atlanta Hawks: I love me some Trae Young. He is an All-Star player for sure, but MVP is too far being in the Hawks.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: Absolutely none. The Cavs are in rebuild mode; their best player is Andre Drummond, who will get you boards and rim protection, but not much more.

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