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1. Atlanta Hawks to Win Southeast Division (+700), PlaySugarHouse
We look to a young, promising squad for the first of our NBA Team Futures Bets. Atlanta returns its dynamic duo of Trae Young and John Collins, but who management has put around two of the most exciting young players in the league is just as important. The Hawks technically have had Clint Capela in the fold since February’s trade deadline, but a heel injury prevented him from ever suiting up last season. The former Rockets big man is now rested and at full health, and he’ll offer a badly needed defensive/rebounding presence down low. Then, Bogdan Bogdanovic should be an ideal complement to Young in the backcourt and will help draw some defensive attention, while Danilo Gallinari figures to give a second unit that will also feature fellow three-point marksman Kevin Huerter some serious scoring punch. The expected Year 2 improvements for wings DeAndre Hunter and Cam Reddish — last season’s 4th and 10th overall picks, respectively — and the veteran presences of Rajon Rondo and Kris Dunn off the bench could helpd breed a relatively deep and potent squad brimming with young talent. Granted, going from worst to first, as the Hawks would have to do in the Southeast this season for this bet to cash, can be a tall order, but Atlanta’s only true competition for the division title appears to be the Heat. Miami is admittedly a formidable obstacle, but at this price and withthe Hawks’ offseason talent upgrades, this wager is worth a flier.
2. New Orleans Pelicans to Win Southwest Division (+550), PointsBet
The Pels check into the 2020-21 campaign with an intriguing mix of young and veteran talent that could be enough to carry them to a division crown. Like the Hawks, New Orleans needs to completely flip its 2019-20 finishing position to make this bet a winner. However, there are several factors that portend a notable improvement over last season’s 30-42 mark. To begin with, head coach Stan Van Gundy’s first Big Easy squad will trot out a formidable starting five consisting of Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson and Steven Adams. Bledsoe and Adams are the offseason additions, and the combination of the two could equate to a slight net advantage over the duo they replace, Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors, if Adams bounces back from last season’s slight scoring downturn. Additionally, there’s some second-unit depth with the promising Nickeil Alexander-Walker, rookie 13th overall pick Kira Lewis, versatile wing Josh Hart, the floor-spacing Nicolo Melli, and 2019 first-rounder Jaxson Hayes, giving New Orleans a solid chance to keep the scoreboard humming when some of the starters take a breather. Finally, it’s worth noting there was only a 14-win gap between the last-place Pelicans and division-champion Rockets last season. James Harden might eventually be moved from Houston or not quite have his head fully in the game as a result of his desire to be elsewhere. Plus, Kristaps Porzingis will miss some time early on for the Mavericks. The Pels doing just enough to vault to the top of the division isn’t the most outlandish scenario.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers to make playoffs (+1000), PointsBet
Sure, Cleveland is still technically considered a rebuilding squad to a significant degree, helping explain the four-digit figure on their odds of making the postseason. However, this isn’t a team devoid of talent by any stretch, which makes taking a potential flier on this good of a payout worthwhile. The Cavs’ projected starting five of Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro, Kevin Love and Andre Drummond is certainly above average. Considering Garland and Sexton are still developing while Okoro is a rookie, this is a team that could be playing its best basketball down the stretch, with Love and Drummond providing quality and critical veteran stability.
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4. Golden State Warriors Over 37.5 wins (+105), PointsBet
Stephen Curry is rested and healthy. Andrew Wiggins has had plenty of time to absorb coach Steve Kerr’s system. Kelly Oubre is recovered from the knee issues that derailed him at the end of last season in Phoenix. Draymond Green should be past last season’s assortment of injuries and ready to resume his multi-faceted role down low. James Wiseman arrived via the second overall pick with an abundance of upside.
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5. Miami Heat to win 2020-21 NBA championship (+2000), PointsBet
The Heat’s rather unlikely journey to the NBA Finals several months ago was a true team effort and testament to some stellar coaching on the part of Erik Spoelstra and his staff. Judging by these NBA Finals odds for Miami, sportsbooks aren’t giving them a very strong chance of not only duplicating the feat, but getting all the way over the hump. There’s certainly a legitimate argument to be made for that, considering Miami would have to get through the likes of the Bucks, Nets, 76ers, Raptors and Celtics just to emerge from the East for a second straight year. Then, if they’re able to overcome those obstacles, the Lakers and Clippers are among the squads most likely to be standing in the Heat’s way for the ultimate prize. Nevertheless, Miami certainly demonstrated its ability to knock off the best the conference had to offer last season in the Bucks. They then gave the Lakers a good bit of trouble in the Finals before succumbing by a 4-2 series margin. The Heat saw the likes of Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo take monumental steps forward during their memorable playoff run, and all three players, plus Goran Dragic and Jimmy Butler, give Spoelstra’s squad a talented and diverse core. The Heat’s second unit has room for improvement, although offseason arrival Avery Bradley could prove to be a valuable addition, and first-round pick Precious Achiuwa could certainly carve out a solid role at power forward as the campaign unfolds behind either Maurice Harkless or Meyers Leonard. Additionally, as Spoelstra and his charges proved last season by coming within two games of a title, this team is a true embodiment of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. While the path to this bet paying off could well be steep, the very appealing price makes it very worthy of consideration.
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