The NBA Is Back! 

by Ben Burns

After closing out the playoffs on a 14-2 run, I'm pretty excited to have the NBA back. The preseason starts this weekend. The Nets and the Lakers tip things off, Sunday afternoon. Regular season action begins on October 18th. Opening night includes a pair of intriguing matchups. Once again, both the Nets and the Lakers are featured. Brooklyn visits Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Lebron and co. will host Curry and the Warriors.  A few months later, the Nets and Lakers will meet in primetime, on Christmas Day.

With the extra TV time being awarded to them, it's not surprising that Nets and Lakers are the two favorites to take home the title. As of this writing, Pinnacle has the Nets listed at +217 and the Lakers at +355. Not much value there. At +837, the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks are the only other team being given much of a chance. Given that the Bucks are playing in a far less competitive division than the Nets, they seem like a relative bargain. Check out the list below.

There are also odds for which player wins the MVP award. There are a number of players in the running. At +487, Luca Doncic is the favorite. He's a great player and is an excellent position to put up huge stats. Perhaps, this will be his year. Still, in my estimation, there's much better value on the board. Young stars like Trae Young, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum are all being offered at better than 20-1. You'll also find those odds below.

October 18th will be here before you know it. Make sure to use the next couple of weeks getting caught up on what's been going on and learning the current state of the teams. Until then, enjoy the baseball and football!

Odds To Win Title
Atlanta Hawks +4318
Boston Celtics +3527
Brooklyn Nets +217
Charlotte Hornets +8029
Chicago Bulls +8633
Cleveland Cavaliers +26959
Dallas Mavericks +3672
Denver Nuggets +2165
Detroit Pistons +26959
Golden State Warriors +1267
Houston Rockets +26959
Indiana Pacers +10789
Los Angeles Clippers +2165
Los Angeles Lakers +355
Memphis Grizzlies +10478
Miami Heat +2810
Milwaukee Bucks +837
Minnesota Timberwolves +26188
New Orleans Pelicans +11526
New York Knicks +10789
Oklahoma City Thunder +26959
Orlando Magic +26959
Philadelphia 76ers +2261
Phoenix Suns +1516
Portland Trail Blazers +8093
Sacramento Kings +25882
San Antonio Spurs +13484
Toronto Raptors +8124
Utah Jazz +1516
Washington Wizards +18874

Odds To Win Regular Season MVP
Luka Doncic +487
Giannis Antetokounmpo +710
Joel Embiid +812
Kevin Durant +754
Stephen Curry +812
Damian Lillard +1217
LeBron James +1419
Nikola Jokic +1622
Trae Young +2129
James Harden +2029
Anthony Davis +2837
Devin Booker +2837
Jayson Tatum +2538
Donovan Mitchell +3040
Paul George +3648
Russell Westbrook +3648
Zion Williamson +4256
Kyrie Irving +4256
Bradley Beal +5573
Ja Morant +5573
Domantas Sabonis +7599
Julius Randle +6587
Karl-Anthony Towns +6587
Jimmy Butler +6587
Zach Lavine +7093
Chris Paul +7093

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