The National Basketball Association’s second half started on Wednesday, March 10. The first half saw a few pandemic related postponements but nothing major. Heading into he second half of the season, most everyone has sent COVID to the back of their minds. Basketball fans are more interested in whether the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz can continue their surprising seasons. With that in mind, let’s find that out so you can continue betting against their NBA odds.
NBA COVID-19 Update – March 11th Edition
2020-2021 NBA Season
- When: Dec. 22, 2020 – May 16, 2021
2021 NBA Championship Odds
- L.A. Lakers +275
- L.A. Clippers +500
- Milwaukee Bucks +750
- Golden State Warriors +8000
- Boston Celtics +2300
- Brooklyn Nets +300
- Miami Heat +3000
- Toronto Raptors +6000
- Denver Nuggets +2500
- Houston Rockets +50000
- Philadelphia 76ers +1000
- Dallas Mavericks +4500
- Portland Trail Blazers +6000
- New Orleans Pelicans +15000
- Utah Jazz +700
- Phoenix Suns +1900
- Oklahoma City Thunder +75000
- Atlanta Hawks +15000
- Chicago Bulls +30000
- Indiana Pacers +1100
- Memphis Grizzlies +18000
- Washington Wizards +25000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +100000
- Orlando Magic +30000
- Sacramento Kings +30000
- San Antonio Spurs +6000
- Cleveland Cavaliers +30000
- Detroit Pistons +100000
- New York Knicks +10000
- Charlotte Hornets +20000
Joel Embiid becomes the favorite to win the NBA MVP
Speaking of the Sixers, they now send out the NBA MVP. Joel Embiid averages over 30 points, close to 12 rebounds, and dominates every time he steps onto a basketball court.
No wonder he’s favored over LeBron to win the NBA MVP. Embiid might be the most difficult player to guard in the league. He can literally change the outcome of the game by simply playing.
How? Teams that challenge Embiid in the lane are likely to get their shot blocked. If you double Joel when he’s on the blocks he’s a good enough passer to find the open man. If you play Embiid one-on-one, he’ll beat you.
Unless Philadelphia’s center misses a lot of games in the second half, he might be a lock to win the NBA MVP.
By next week, Nets may be favorite over Lakers on MyBookie
Give it another week or so, but soon MyBookie oddsmakers will make the Brooklyn Nets the favorite to win the NBA Championship. The Nets were trending towards favoritism in the final couple of weeks before the All-Star Break.
What’s happened since then? Blake Griffin decided he wants to join Brooklyn’s party. Also, Kevin Durant should step back onto the court mid-March.
So, now, the Nets will have a starting five that includes James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Blake Griffin. Oh, DeAndre Jordan, the fifth starter, and Joe Harris also play for the Nets. Those two are pretty good players.
Biggest question in second-half is if the 76ers, Suns, and Jazz keep it going?
Odds to win the NBA Title can tell us a lot. The Philadelphia 76ers have the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Utah Jazz have the Western Conference’s best record, and the Phoenix Suns have the second best record in the West.
Utah is at +700, the Sixers are at +1800, and the Suns are at +3000 to win the NBA Championship. It’s obvious that the biggest question oddsmakers and NBA handicappers have is will the Jazz, 76ers, and Suns keep it going?
Utah is the most cohesive bunch in the league. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert play their game. The bench might be the best in pro basketball, and Quinn Snyder has become one of the best coaches in the NBA.
Philadelphia has Big Joel Embiid. We just wrote about how Embiid is the most dominant player in the league. As long as Joel is healthy, the Sixers should challenge Milwaukee and Brooklyn in the playoffs.
The Suns have a +6.5 point differential. Only Utah’s at +8.8 is better. Phoenix plays great defense and can score almost at will. Chris Paul is a hall of fame point guard, Devin Booker is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA, and DeAndre Ayton averages a double-double every night.
So will the Jazz, 76ers, and Suns implode? Don’t count on it.