It’s almost time for the 2021-22 NBA season to begin, and it should be a fun season for basketball fans in New York. Both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are expected to compete in the Eastern Conference.
Brooklyn is one of the top picks to win the NBA Championship this season, but the Knicks could be a team that spoils that run. The 2021-22 NBA season is expected to be played under more normal circumstances after COVID-19 has affected the previous two seasons.
2021-22 saw one of the best seasons by the New York Knicks in nearly a decade, and that team is expected to be even better this year. Madison Square Garden will once again be filled to capacity in what will be a season with plenty of hype and expectations for the Knicks.
Brooklyn was a favorite to win the NBA Championship a season ago, but injuries ultimately derailed their season in the playoffs. The Nets have the potential to be just as good this season, but a vaccine mandate could affect the outcome.
Nets Are Title Favorites
The Brooklyn Nets have been in the news a lot during the offseason, and most of it has been for negative reasons. Brooklyn is expected to enter the 2021-22 season with their players being healthy, but they are also going to be without Kyrie Irving.
Still, the Nets are the NBA title favorites this season, with odds currently being offered at +250. While there are still some real questions surrounding the Nets, Brooklyn is well ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, who are next on the list at +400.
The Milwaukee Bucks are the defending NBA champions, but it is the Nets that are the clear favorites to win the Eastern Conference at +120. The New York Knicks are well down that list, with odds being set at +4600.
Knicks A Playoff Lock?
New York appeared to be a real threat to win the Eastern Conference a season ago, but they aren’t even considered a lock to make the playoffs this season. Other teams in the East were able to make significant improvements to their roster, but that wasn’t the case with the Knicks.
Bettors can actually win some money by betting on the Knicks to make the playoffs this year as the odds are set at +105. The bottom of the Eastern Conference appears to be wide open, but New York will have to play well to be in the postseason field.
Player Futures Betting Odds
You can also make some bets on a few of the top players from both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Durant is one of the top picks to win the MVP Award this season, while Derrick Rose should factor into the 6th Man of the Year Award.
Durant currently has odds set at +650 to win the MVP Award, with Luka Doncic as the betting favorite at +500. Rose is fourth on the list to win the 6th Man of the Year Award, with odds being offered at +1600.