NBA Betting: 2020-21 Regular Season Opening Games
It seems like just yesterday that the 2019-2020 NBA season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. With the season ending so late, there was a lot of work that went into when the 2020-2021 NBA season would tip-off. After much negotiation, the players reluctantly agreed to start the NBA season on December 22nd. That said, let’s have a look at the two opening games of the season so you can bet against their NBA odds.
NBA 2021 Regular Season Opening Games Betting Analysis
Two Big Games
What better way to start the season than with two high-profile matchups? The season opener pits the Golden State Warriors against the Brooklyn Nets. Steve Kerr and his Warriors will travel cross country to the Barclays Center to play the new-look Brooklyn Nets in an empty arena.
Last year was abysmal for the Warriors. With Kevin Durant leaving via free agency, Klay Thompson missing the season with a torn ACL, and Steph Curry only playing two games due to injury, the Warriors finished with one of the worst records in the league. Their poor finish earned them the second pick in this year’s NBA draft, and they took center James Wiseman out of Memphis.
The Warriors were looking forward to this season, but prior to the season Klay Thompson tore his achilles. The Warriors will still be a strong group, but without Thompson, their championship aspirations probably aren’t realistic.
The Nets will finally have all of their pieces in play. Kevin Durant will return from his torn achilles, and he looks like he’s back to his normal self. Kyrie Irving will also be injury-free to start the season. Combine these two with Joe Harris, Caris Levert, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Landry Shamet, and you have a team that should be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
In the nightcap, the Los Angeles Clippers will be the visiting team in their home arena, as they play their Staples Center “roommates”, the defending NBA champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. The much-anticipated Lakers-Clippers matchup never came to fruition in the 2020 playoffs, so this is a game that many are looking forward to.
The Lakers had a great offseason. They re-signed LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Kuzma to extensions. They also acquired point guard Dennis Schroeder in a trade. They signed last year’s Sixth Man of the Year, Montrezl Harrell. They also signed Wesley Matthews and Marc Gasol to free agent deals. Most champions usually see the loss of key players, but the Lakers lost very little, and gained some solid players. The Lakers come into this season as a better team then they were last season.
The Clippers had an abrupt end to their 2019-2020 season losing in the Western Conference Semi-Finals to the Nuggets. While many looked for big improvements to the Clippers roster to help Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, they didn’t make any huge moves. Doc Rivers resigned as head coach and was replaced by Tyron Lue. The main move that the Clippers made was the signing of Serge Ibaka. They also acquired swingman Luke Kennard from the Pistons, and they signed Nicholas Batum after he was released by Charlotte.