Over the past year, sports tournaments have taken a backseat as a result of mandatory social distancing and the ongoing global battle against the Coronavirus. However, as the world gradually begins adapting to the ‘new normal’, sports associations are beginning to consider the prospects of planning new schedules while maintaining the necessary precautions.
With the new season underway – and with great basketball odds on offer – there is plenty for the bettors to be excited about during the NBA 2020-21 season! Here’s the deal:
The Initial Odds and NBA Predictions 2021
The delayed 2019-20 season finally concluded on the 11th October, six months after the original scheduled date. Planning for the current season initially suggested it was likely to commence in January 2021, but it was hoped they could start the season as early as Christmas 2020, if at all possible, taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the association’s ambition was to conduct a fully-fledged, 82-game season along with playoffs, which would be held in home regions with basketball fans as spectators.
The Latest Developments and Updated NBA Odds
However, the 2020-21 basketball season did begin on the 22nd December, with the Golden State Warriors playing against the Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angeles Clippers taking on the Los Angeles Lakers. Moreover, it was decided that this season will now be restricted to 72 games per team plus the playoffs.
The league also suggested that the first half of the season is likely to proceed up to 4th March, after which they would make an announcement regarding the second half of the season.
✍️ In adherence to the COVID-19 cross-border restrictions imposed by the Canadian Government, the Toronto Raptors have begun the season by playing their games at Amelie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Bet on NBA Season 2020-21: What’s Your Best Bet?
So, what are your prospects as an online basketball game bettor looking forward to this season? When considering which teams may reach the play-offs, bettors must consider that the overall season has been condensed to 72 games so it will be harder for those teams who start the season slowly to make up lost ground.
With matches taking place every evening, bettors need to watch closely the current form of teams, looking for those teams who are playing well or maybe are on a downward spiral. Check for injuries to key players, or how players who have moved teams between seasons are settling in their new surroundings.
We can already see that last year’s winners, the LA Lakers, have made a good start and sit near the top of the Western Conference. However, last year’s losing finalists, Miami Heat, are nearer the bottom of the Eastern Conference, although they have played fewer games.
So, with many matches occurring each evening, take a regular look at the game and outright betting odds as they will fluctuate many times.
NBA 2021 Outright and live markets
If you want to catch the excitement of the new NBA season, then check the Marathonbet site as we have lots of betting opportunities for you. There are pre-match odds on every game, with around 200 markets available, as well as updated odds in-play throughout the matches.
If your preference is on the futures markets, there are Outright Winner, Regular Season MVP, Eastern Conference Winner and Western Conference Winner odds to choose from. Don’t forget, these will change after every match, so look at the fixtures and work out the optimum time to place your bets on your fancied teams.