Bettors Predicting Lakers, Bucks to lead the way

It sounds like a hoax – but it will be just 72 days since LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers lifted the trophy inside the Orlando bubble to win the 2020 NBA Championship.

We’re now less than a week away from the 2021 NBA Season season discount, and sports books are gearing up for the most invisible season in recent memory.

This is the shortest offseason in NBA history in nearly two months. The NBA offseason typically is around 140 days from the end of the finals to the resumption of regular-season games. A recovery period that allows players to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the next season. But like so many other things these days – players have to adapt to never-before-seen situations.

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I had a chance to catch up with David Strauss, CEO of MyBookie Oddsmaker, to discuss how the shortening could affect how sports books affect the 2021 NBA season.

Strauss expects to see sloppy basketball early in the season as teams get back into the flow of things. Imagine the Lakers having played just 72 days earlier, while non-NBA bubble teams like the Sacramento Kings last played 290 days earlier. Teams that play deep in the 2020 playoffs are likely to be fattened, while other teams that have enjoyed a long layoff may show signs of rust.

Rest the rust face. They are familiar statements but this year they could explain the season, and perhaps competition. LeBron has not explicitly admitted that he will take charge this season, but has said, “We’re going to be as smart as we can be.”

The league has shortened the season to just 72 games – meaning more back games and former players sitting out for “load management” reasons. Especially with the NBA relaxing the rules designed to prevent teams from seating top players.

Circulation of COVID vaccines has begun, but we are still a month away from widespread protection. Undoubtedly, players will miss games because of advanced tests. The thick 72 game board also means that advanced COVID players will miss more games than they would otherwise. Needless to say, if an impact player is out for an extended period of time that will have a major impact on wagering. Bettors need to stay on top of the latest updates, as time-wasting players have a huge impact.

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  • Web +600
  • Clippers +650

The high-heavy title run – but oddsmakers warn, in a shorter season with an invisible roster and an uncertain home court advantage – may be the right temperature for anything to happen. Strauss suggests that spies consider making a value picture with teams like the Warriors, Nuggets, or Sixers.

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