October 24, 2021

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Nets futures, player props and other odds to consider on BetMGM

The Brooklyn Nets are set to kick off their 2020-21 slate of games with a matchup against the Golden State Warriors as the openers for the entire NBA. While fans can get in on the action for that specific game with BetMGM Sportsbook, there are other odds to consider ahead of the start of the NBA season.

From MVP odds to player points per game averages, along with some team futures, here are BetMGM Sportsbook Nets bets to consider ahead of the start of 2020-21:

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NBA MVP

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Kevin Durant +1200

Kyrie Irving (+6600), Caris LeVert (+20000) and other members of the Nets were given odds, but Durant is the only one with a legitimate shot. With the way he’s looked and how his old coach Steve Kerr is talking about him — combined with all the hype he naturally brings, plus his return-from-injury storyline — Durant for MVP is very much a realistic possibility

Most Improved Player

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Caris LeVert +5000

This is a tough one. If you want a real longshot to follow this season, LeVert for Most Improved Player is worth your time. As much as he stepped up in the bubble, he could make another leap with Durant and Irving healthy. Big problem for LeVert in this one is Christian Wood (+800). But again, this is a longshot.

Sixth Man of the Year

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Spencer Dinwiddie +1100

Up until recently, this would’ve been a good longshot pick — there’s a lot of stiff competition for this one. But now, it doesn’t even look like Dinwiddie will be Brooklyn’s sixth man this season. Unfortunately, BetMGM Sportsbook didn’t give LeVert odds for this award — otherwise, that’d be a worthwhile investment. Steer clear of Dinwiddie here.

Most Regular Season Wins

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Nets +550

The winner for this is coming out of the East, be it Brooklyn or Milwaukee (+300). As much as the East is improved, the Lakers (+450) will have their hands full with the rest of the West. So this one comes down to your faith in Brooklyn’s dynamic duo over Giannis Antetokounmpo’s revenge tour.

Atlantic Division Winner

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Nets +150

The Atlantic has four of the Eastern Conference’s best six teams: Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto. After that, there’s a steep drop-off. The Raptors have taken a huge step back and Boston hasn’t looked great in the preseason without Kemba Walker. The Sixers look better heading into the season, but Brooklyn is, without question, one of the two best teams in the East — the other being Milwaukee. Seems like easy money here.

Eastern Conference Winner

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Nets +250

The Bucks (+220) are still favored to win the East in 2020-21. Antetokounmpo has a lot to prove this year, but so do Durant and Irving.

Wins O/U

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Nets 45.5 (-110)

If you think the Nets are going to lead the NBA in wins, this is an easy one for you. Three Eastern Conference teams won over 45 games last season, and the Indiana Pacers won 45 on the nose — all while playing 72-73 games, as will be the case this season (72). Seems very realistic for Brooklyn to eclipse this mark.

Player PPG Average O/U

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Kevin Durant 25.5 -110 – DeAndre Jordan 8.5 -115 U/-105 O – Kyrie Irving 24.5 -110 – Jeff Green 8.5 -120 U/ -105 O – Jarrett Allen 10.5 -110 – Caris LeVert 16.5 -125 U/+105 – Joe Harris 13.5 -110 – Spencer Dinwiddie 14.5 -110

Those are all the available odds, but stay away from Jordan, Green, Allen, Harris and Dinwiddie. These guys could easily go one way or another. If you feel compelled to get in on one of them, take Dinwiddie’s under. Since he last led won the scoring title in his 2013-14 MVP season, Durant has only scored fewer than 25.5 points per game twice — 25.1 in his first year with the Warriors and 25.4 in his injury-hampered 2014-15 campaign. As is the case with Brooklyn’s supporting cast, Irving is one to avoid here — unless you want to bet the under. He’s only averaged over 24.5 points per game twice in his career — last season, when he only played 20 games and in his final season with the Cavaliers. LeVert’s number isn’t as comfortable as Durant’s, especially since last season was the first time the guard had a scoring average higher than the over/under BetMGM Sportsbook has set for him this season. But the idea of him running the second unit makes the over worth considering here.

Player RPG Average O/U

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DeAndre Jordan 9.3 -115 – Jarrett Allen 8.3 -115 – Kevin Durant 6.4 -115

Durant hasn’t averaged over 4.8 rebounds per game since 2009-10. Nets fans may not want to root against their star in any way, but this is just the facts: he’s only averaged six rebounds or more per game twice in his career, and only surpassed the over/under BetMGM Sportsbook set for this season once previously. Jordan’s rebounds per game average is one of the few better options of all here. He hasn’t averaged fewer than 10 rebounds per game in a season since 2012-13 — and that includes last season when he only averaged 22 minutes per game. Taking the over on Allen here is a legitimate option, too. However, if you’re just looking to take one here, Jordan is the safer choice.

Player FG% Average O/U

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Kevin Durant 51.5% -115 – Spencer Dinwiddie 43.8% -115 – Caris LeVert 43% -115

Oddly enough, BetMGM Sportsbook doesn’t list Irving in this category. That’s ultimately fine in the end, this is a tough category to predict. Best to stay clear of all these guys. Durant is always right about the mark BetMGM Sportsbook set, same goes for LeVert. Dinwiddie has been all over the place throughout his career, with no real trend indicating which way to lean here.

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