NBA 2021-22 predictions: season preview
The Milwaukee Bucks won their first championship in 50 years after beating Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals over the Phoenix Suns. The new 2021-22 NBA season is contested among 30 teams divided into Eastern and Western Conferences, with 15 per conference. Each conference is divided into three divisions with five teams each. This regular season will return to an 82-game scheme after the last two seasons were reduced due to COVID.
Every NBA team plays 82 games in the regular season with 41 at home and 41 away. Each faces four opponents in its division four times in a home and away fixture. Teams then play against six franchises from other two divisions four times and the remaining four franchises three times during the season. Each plays against teams from the other conference twice.
The NBA regular season is followed by the NBA Playoffs as the finalists compete for the championship title. The top six from both Eastern and Western conferences qualify automatically. The seventh and eighth seeds are determined by a play-in tournament in a three-game format between the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place in each conference.
In the NBA Playoffs, each team faces its opponent in a seven-game series as the first team to win four games in the series advances to the next round. The winner of the Eastern Conference Final and that of the Western Conference Final meet in the NBA Finals.
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A full list of teams participating in the 2021-22 NBA, by conference and division, is below.
NBA Eastern Conference teams in the Atlantic Division:
- Boston Celtics
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Knicks
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Toronto Raptors
NBA Eastern Conference teams in the Central Division:
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Eastern Conference teams in the Southeast Division:
- Atlanta Hawks
- Charlotte Hornets
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards
NBA Western Conference teams in the Northwest Division:
- Denver Nuggets
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Utah Jazz
NBA Western Conference teams in the Pacific Division:
- Golden State Warriors
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Phoenix Suns
- Sacramento Kings
NBA Western Conference teams in the Southwest Division:
- Dallas Mavericks
- Houston Rockets
- Memphis Grizzlies
- New Orleans Pelicans
- San Antonio Spurs
The Brooklyn Nets finished with the second seed in the Eastern Conference last season to qualify for the NBA Playoffs. The Nets had a 0.667 win percentage as they won eight games at home and 16 games on the road. They won the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics in five games, but lost in Game 7 of the conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks as Kyrie Irving and James Harden missed the game due to injuries.
Patty Mills joined the Brooklyn Nets from San Antonio during the offseason. Mills is a good three-point shooter and will take an important role. The Nets made several key additions with LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre’ Bembry, Paul Millsap, Jevon Carter and James Johnson all joining the squad. The current roster is complete both offensively and defensively.
Kevin Durant had 48 points in their Game 7 defeat in the conference semifinals. Durant dealt with a series of injuries last season, but he is now looking stronger as he had a very good preseason. He played just 35 games during the regular season due to injuries and had 26.9 points per game. Durant is one of the favourites to win the regular-season MVP award.
Other key players of Brooklyn Nets apart from Kevin Durant:
- James Harden
- Kyrie Irving
- Patty Mills
- Blake Griffin
- Nicolas Claxton
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers dealt with lots of injuries during the 2020-21 campaign as they finished seventh seed in the Western Conference and a 0.583 win percentage. They had a 42-30 record finishing third in the Pacific Division. The 2019-20 NBA champions had to go through the play-in tournament to qualify for the NBA Playoffs as they defeated the Golden State Warriors in a single game. Los Angeles lost in Game 6 of the first playoff round against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers had a poor preseason as they failed to win with six losses.
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook in a five-team trade that cost them Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Marc Gasol and Isaiah Jackson. Rajon Rondo returned to the Lakers as he was part of their 2019-20 title-winning squad. Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn joined the team for the upcoming season.
LeBron James is one of the greatest players in NBA history with four rings. He is the only player to have won the championship with three franchises as the final MVP, last time in the 2019-20 season. James has won four NBA MVP awards and has made it to 17 All-NBA Teams. He was out for a part of the last season due to injuries as he played 45 games and had 25.0 points per game. With Westbrook joining the team, James, Davies and him will form a formidable trio that may be unstoppable looking to win the 18th NBA championship.
Other key players of the Los Angeles Lakers apart from LeBron James:
- Anthony Davis
- Russell Westbrook
- DeAndre Jordan
- Kent Bazemore
- Carmelo Anthony
The Milwaukee Bucks won their first championship since 1971 by defeating the Phoenix Suns with a 105-98 score in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals. The Bucks finished with the third seed in the Eastern Conference as they had a 0.639 win percentage to qualify for the playoffs. Milwaukee won the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat in Game 4 as they faced the Brooklyn Nets in the conference semifinals.
The Bucks fought till the end as they won Game 7 against the Nets thus qualifying for the Eastern Conference Finals. Then they defeated the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final and won their second championship in history against the Phoenix Suns.
George Hill returned to the Milwaukee Bucks on a two-year deal, with Rodney Hood also joining the Bucks on a one-year deal. Semi Ojeleye, Justin Robinson, Javin DeLaurier, Tremont Waters, Elijah Bryant and Johnny O'Bryant all joined the Bucks. Milwaukee won just one of their five preseason games with the loss of Tucker showing in the games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo won the final MVP after a remarkable season leading his team to their first championship in 50 years. The Greek international became the first player in NBA Finals to record 50 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a game as well as the first to average 30+ points, 5+ assists and 10+ rebounds on at least 60% shooting. Antetokounmpo became the first player to win the All-Star MVP, the Most Improved Player, the Defensive Player of the Year and the MVP of the Finals. Giannis helped his team to secure a comeback in the conference semifinals against the Brooklyn Nets. He is the key player for the Bucks and will be looking to lead his team to their third NBA championship.
Other key players of the Milwaukee Bucks apart from Giannis Antetokounmpo:
- Khris Middleton
- Brook Lopez
- Grayson Allen
- Jrue Holiday
- Pat Connaughton
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors finished with the eighth-best record in the Western Conference during the regular season with a 0.542 win percentage. The Warriors failed to make the NBA Playoffs for the second season in a row after losing in the play-in tournament: Golden State lost to the Lakers and the Grizzlies with 103-100 and 117-112 scores, respectively.
Nemanja Bjelica signed for the Warriors, with Otto Porter Jr also joining the team. Golden State had a very good preseason with five wins in five games. The Warriors are looking strong enough to win the NBA championship for the first time in a while. They qualified for five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019 and won three of them.
Stephen Curry is one of the greatest point-guards of all time with his exceptional ball-handling and passing ability. Curry is one of the greatest NBA shooters too as he averaged 32.0 points per game during the 2020-21 regular season, which is the most. He has won three NBA championships with the Warriors with the last one being in 2018. Curry was incredible last season with 5.3 three-point field goals made per game and 10.4 field goals made per game. He will be looking to win his fourth championship with the Warriors.
Other key players of the Golden State Warriors apart from Stephen Curry:
- Draymond Green
- Andrew Wiggins
- Kevon Looney
- Jordan Poole
- Damion Lee
The Phoenix Suns lost the 2021 NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6. The Suns won the first two games but fell short in the next. They are yet to win the NBA championship, although they have three conference titles and seven Division titles.
The Phoenix Suns finished second in the Western Conference with a 0.708 win percentage to qualify for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. They got a 4-2 win over the Lakers in the first round bfore cruising past Denver in the conference semifinals. The Suns qualified for the NBA Finals after getting a 4-2 win over the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals.
The Suns won three games and lost one during the preseason. Landry Shamet was traded in exchange for Jevon Carter. Abdel Nader signed a new two-year deal with the Suns, as Frank Kaminsky III signed a new one-year deal. The Phoenix Suns star, Chris Paul, signed a new four-year deal of about $120 million. Cameron Payne got a three-year extension.
Chris Paul reached the NBA Finals for the first time with the Phoenix Suns, dropping 19.2 points per game during the playoffs. He made his 11th All-Star appearance after an impressive season with the highest free throw percentage in the competition. Paul had 16.4 points per game during the regular season and 8.9 assists per game. Chris is key.
Other key players of the Phoenix Suns apart from Chris Paul:
- Devin Booker
- Mikal Bridges
- Jae Crowder
- Deandre Ayton
- Cameron Johnson
Betting odds of 2021-22 NBA
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There are two preliminary favourites to win the 2021-22 NBA championship.The Brooklyn Nets are the main favourites, with the 2019-20 winners, the Los Angeles Lakers, considered as the second-best team. Last season's NBA champions, Milwaukee, are deemed third.
NBA championship 2021-22 winner betting odds:
- Brooklyn Nets — 3.55 (+255 American; 28/11 Fractional)
- Los Angeles Lakers — 5.20 (+420; 21/5)
- Milwaukee Bucks — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Golden State Warriors — 13.00 (+1200; 12/1)
- Utah Jazz — 16.00 (+1500; 15/1)
- Phoenix Suns — 18.00 (+1700; 17/1)
The winner of the Eastern Conference gets first seed in the Eastern Conference bracket of the playoffs. Brooklyn and Milwaukee are preliminary favourites here.
NBA Eastern Conference 2021-22 winner betting odds:
- Brooklyn Nets — 2.38 (+138 American; 11/8 Fractional)
- Milwaukee Bucks — 4.90 (+390; 39/10)
- Philadelphia 76ers — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Miami Heat — 11.00 (+1000; 10/1)
- Atlanta Hawks — 19.00 (+1800; 18/1)
- Boston Celtics — 21.00 (+2000; 20/1)
The winner of the Western Conference gets the first seed in the Western Conference bracket of the NBA playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers are leading the pack.
NBA Western Conference 2021 winner betting odds:
- Los Angeles Lakers — 3.20 (+220 American; 11/5 Fractional)
- Golden State Warriors — 6.50 (+550; 11/2)
- Utah Jazz — 8.50 (+750; 15/2)
- Phoenix Suns — 9.50 (+850; 17/2)
- Los Angeles Clippers — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Denver Nuggets — 12.00 (+1100; 11/1)
The NBA Most Valuable Player award is given to the best performer of the regular season. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won the NBA MVP for the regular season for a record six times as he won three while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and another three while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bill Russell and Michael Jordan won the award five times each with Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James winning four awards each. Nikola Jokic won the NBA MVP award in the 2020-21 season after an impressive run with the Denver Nuggets.
NBA season MVP winner betting odds:
- Luka Doncic — 6.00 (+500 American; 5/1 Fractional)
- Giannis Antekounmpo — 8.00 (+700; 7/1)
- Kevin Durant — 8.00 (+700; 7/1)
- Stephen Curry — 9.50 (+850; 17/2)
- Joel Embiid — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
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Schedule of top 2021-22 NBA match predictions
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- Lakers vs Warriors (19 October 2021)
- Bucks vs Nets (19 October 2021)
- Lakers vs Suns (22 October 2021)
- Nets vs Warriors (16 November 2021)
- Bucks vs Lakers (17 November 2021)
- Nets vs Suns (27 November 2021)
- Suns vs Warriors (30 November 2021)
- Warriors vs Suns (3 December 2021)
- Lakers vs Suns (21 December 2021)
- Lakers vs Nets (25 December 2021)
- Suns vs Warriors (25 December 2021)
- Nets vs Bucks (7 January 2022)
- Bucks vs Warriors (13 January 2022)
- Nets vs Lakers (25 January 2022)
- Warriors vs Nets (29 January 2022)
- Suns vs Nets (1 February 2022)
- Lakers vs Bucks (8 February 2022)
- Suns vs Bucks (10 February 2022)
- Warriors vs Lakers (12 February 2022)
- NBA All-Star game (20 February 2022)
- Bucks vs Nets (26 February 2022)
- Lakers vs Warriors (5 March 2022)
- Bucks vs Suns (6 March 2022)
- Warriors vs Bucks (12 March 2022)
- Suns vs Lakers (13 March 2022)
- Warriors vs Suns (30 March 2022)
- Nets vs Bucks (31 March 2022)
- Suns vs Lakers (5 April 2022)
- Warriors vs Lakers (7 April 2022)
- NBA Play-in tournament (12-15 April 2022)
- NBA Playoffs (16 April 2022 - TBA)
- NBA Finals (2 June 2022 - TBA)
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