Nowadays, betting on the NBA is more popular than ever. With
more states legalizing sports gambling and some NBA franchises even
gearing up to offer sportsbooks inside their arenas, it's about to
become even easier to bet on The Association.
This season, BasketballNews.com will be pumping out plenty of
betting content since the industry is booming and there's a ton of
interest among NBA fans.
Looking ahead to future bets, especially for end-of-season
awards, now is the best time to find the juiciest odds on buy-low
candidates. Who could quadruple your money as an eventual Most
Valuable Player or Coach of the Year winner? Let’s explore the most
eye-opening odds that could put a ton of cash back into your pocket
down the road.
MVP = JAYSON TATUM (+2500)
A lot more shot attempts are about to filter over to Tatum
following the departures of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier.
Boston’s big offseason acquisition was Al Horford via the Walker
trade, while betting on further internal development from their
young core including Aaron Nesmith, Payton Pritchard and Romeo
Over the last three months of the Celtics’ season, Tatum
averaged 29.0 points while shooting 39.7% on three-pointers. He
also sprinkled in some absurd box scores along the way, including
multiple 50-point outings. Boston's young wing is on the verge of
taking a leap to superstardom,
and these odds were too good to pass up.
If the Celtics overachieve next season, it will be due to Tatum
becoming a 30-plus point-per-game scorer while willing them to a
top-four seed in the Eastern Conference. Tatum is one of the best
under-the-radar MVP candidates
and at +2500, it’s worth a flier bet in hopes that he can maintain
his post-All-Star-Break scoring leap.
DPOY = BAM ADEBAYO (+1400)
Miami is about to have one of the best defenses in the NBA next
season. After the huge free-agent acquisition of Kyle Lowry, the
Heat are forming an amazing foundation on that end of the court.
Jimmy Butler will take on the primary scoring wings, Lowry will
handle the guards and Bam Adebayo will protect the rim with his
tantalizing athletic profile.
Adebayo continues to develop at a rapid rate as a
multi-dimensional offensive chess piece in Miami, but his calling
card continues to be his terrific defense. However, after averaging
1.2 steals and 1.0 block last season, he still has some untapped
defensive potential too.
Wth Miami well on their way to leading the second tier in the
East behind the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, there’s a
realistic scenario where Adebayo sees an uptick in his defensive
stats while the Heat maintain an elite defensive rating. If that’s
the case, Adebayo at +1400 odds is an absolute steal.
MIP = OG ANUNOBY (+4500)
The BasketballNews.com staff loves the idea of OG Anunoby taking
a huge leap forward in his fifth season and snagging Most
Improved Player honors. However, Vegas is still lagging behind,
placing Anunoby at insanely good odds (+4500) giving those in the
know a chance to capitalize.
With Kyle Lowry’s departure and Pascal Siakam expected to miss
roughly one month (plus rumors that he may be available), Anunoby
is poised to step into a primary scoring role. Already known as one
of the league’s most versatile defenders, Anunoby has continuously
improved as scorer in each of his first four years with the
It wouldn’t be a shock to see Anunoby average close to 20 points
per game while hovering around 40% shooting on three-point
attempts. Couple that with an already strong defensive profile and
the former Indiana Hoosier is poised for a big-time leap in
2021-22. When you can bet $20 to win $920 on Anunoby winning MIP,
take the money and run before it’s too late.
ROY = JALEN GREEN (+275)
While Green ranks No. 2 for best odds to win Rookie of the Year,
it’s surely a surprise that he’s not the top-ranked option after
what he did during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The silky-smooth
scoring that Green showcased with the G League Ignite immediately
translated over to Summer League action. Green has all the makings
of a 20-plus point-per-game scorer immediately as a rookie, which
is a rarity.
The Rockets have hit the full reset button, and who knows what
the future looks like for John Wall. Green will lead an enticing
young core that also includes Christian Wood, Kevin Porter Jr.,
Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba and Jae’Sean Tate. Green’s high-usage
scoring style should allow him to put up some impressive numbers
throughout his rookie campaign.
Even at +275 odds, I would wager on Green winning ROY before he
likely overtakes No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham early in the
COY = IME UDOKA (+1500)
I love the potential of Ime Udoka winning Coach of the Year with
Boston in 2021-22. Based off a leap forward from Jayson Tatum and
Jaylen Brown, Boston could seriously push their way among the other
powerhouses in the Eastern Conference. If the Celtics overachieve
and win 50-plus games, Udoka is going to receive a ton of
After working his way up and serving as an assistant with the
Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs, Udoka has
waited for this opportunity. He’s known as one of the best player
development coaches in the entire NBA, which is certainly going to
help Boston’s young core.
Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams and New York Knicks head
coach Tom Thibodeau were able to help their organizations bounce
back to legitimate relevancy as top Coach of the Year candidates
last season. Udoka stands out from the rest of the bunch as the
most realistic option to win you a ton of cash by season’s end.