NBA Betting Tips
The NBA season has finally gotten underway after pre-season and the early season fixtures are incredibly tasty! Check out our BetUK betting tips and predictions for the next round of fixtures in the NBA below.
NBA Betting Tips Saturday 28th November - Sunday 29th November
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BetUK's Pre-Season NBA Betting Tips
The NBA begins this week and with plenty of already-strong teams improving their rosters over the off-season, it promises to be an exciting season full of high-quality basketball.
With the Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks all adding all-star guards to their rosters - in the form of Bradley Beal, Jrue Holiday and Damian Lillard respectively - and the Denver Nuggets looking to retain their trophy, it looks to be a hard season to predict.
However, we have tips for the championship outright market as well as the Most Valuable Player award, with higher-priced options included in each section, starting with the NBA title winners.
Denver Nuggets to win the NBA Championship @ 9/2
Michael Malone’s team won the title last season, emphatically beating the Miami Heat 4-1 in the finals, and they look well-built to retain their trophy while other contenders face an adaptation period to fit in their new stars.
Led by two-time-MVP Centre Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets utilised their Serbian star’s unique skill set to great effect last season and got the right pieces around him to make the most of his immense passing ability. They come into this campaign with no significant changes to their starting five and their consistent roster, championship-winning experience and improved health of key players Michael Porter Jr and Jamal Murray could see them land a second consecutive title.
Outsider Championship Pick: Golden State Warriors @14/1
It is difficult to mention NBA-winning experience without referencing the Golden State Warriors, who have taken the trophy back to San Francisco in five of the last nine seasons. They will be looking to reclaim the title again before their ‘big three’ of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green begin to regress below the elite level. They made a big call in the off-season, trading the pick of their younger players, Jordan Poole, to acquire veteran point guard Chris Paul in an attempt to secure one last hurrah for their experienced stars. Paul adds a wealth of experience to an already stacked Warriors roster and the defensive ability of Thompson and Green, combined with the scoring ability of Curry and Wiggins, could see Steve Kerr’s team lift the trophy again.
Nikola Jokic to win Most Valuable Player @ 4/1
Denver’s Serbian Center has already landed two Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards in his career and it would be no surprise to see him become just the ninth three-time winner of the accolade.
While others towards the top of the market, such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum, will have to share the ball with multiple stars, Jokic can continue to run the show for the Nuggets almost single-handedly.
Point Guard Jamal Murray is Denver’s next best player, but he and his Center’s skill sets tend to combine rather than contrast and he can help his team-mate’s chances of landing the award rather than hinder them, as may be the case for other contenders.
Outsider MVP Pick: Donovan Mitchell @ 30/1
Mitchell joined the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and enjoyed a solid first campaign in Ohio, averaging a career-high 28.3 points per game as well as 4.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
He also made more of his shots than ever before too, with a 48% field-goal rate and a three-point success of 38%.
If he maintains or even betters those statistics this time around he could be in the running for the MVP award.
The Cavaliers finished fourth in the Eastern Conference last season, but could improve more as their young squad gains experience.
If they were to land a top-three finish, with seeding playing a large part in MVP voting, Mitchell could be a good bet at odds of 30/1.