Like most other professional sports leagues around the globe, the NBA will be back to normal this year following a shortened 2020-21 and 2019-20 season. This means each team will be playing an 82-game schedule in 2021-22 with the regular-season campaign tipping off on Tuesday, October 19th and winding up on Sunday, April 10th, 2022.
The annual NBA All-Star break takes place from February 18th to 20th with the All-Star Game taking place in Cleveland, Ohio. The play-in tournament starts on April 12th and runs until the 15th with the first round of postseason action scheduled for April 16th. The longest the playoffs can go will be until June 19th.
This will be the 76th NBA season and the Milwaukee Bucks are the defending champions. There will be some players in different uniforms on the court this year as there were numerous offseason moves.
Several players officially retired during the summer including Ian Mahinmi of the Washington Wizards, Omri Casspi of the Memphis Grizzlies, Amile Jefferson of the Orlando Magic, Jarrett Jack of the New York Knicks, Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jared Dudley of the Los Angeles Lakers, JJ Redick of the Dallas Mavericks, Pau Gasol of the Milwaukee Bucks and Luis Scola of the Brooklyn Nets.
Free agency and trades also saw many players change addresses with the most notable being Kyle Lowry leaving the Toronto Raptors for the Miami Heat and Lonzo Ball saying goodbye to the New Orleans Pelicans for the Chicago Bulls. DeMar DeRozan also joined the Bulls after leaving the San Antonio Spurs. Carmelo Anthony left the Portland Trailblazers for the Los Angeles Lakers while Rudy Gay left San Antonio for the Utah Jazz and Avery Bradley ended up with the Golden State Warriors from the Houston Rockets.
There were also some coaching changes over the past few months as the Boston Celtics replaced Brad Stevens with Ime Udoka; the Dallas Mavericks replaced Rick Carlisle with Jason Kidd and the Indiana Pacers then hired Carlisle to take over from Nate Bjorkgren; the New Orleans Pelicans said farewell to Stan Van Gundy in favor of Willie Green; the Orlando Magic hired Jamahl Mosley to take over from Steve Clifford; the Portland Trail Blazers replaced Terry Stotts with Chauncey Billups and the Washington Wizards hired Wes Unseld Jr. to take over from Scott Brooks.
In addition, a couple of new general managers are in place for 2021-22 as Danny Ainge retired from the Boston Celtics with Brad Stevens taking the reins while the Dallas Mavericks and Donnie Nelson parted ways with Nico Harrison taking over as the new GM.
As far as wagering on the new NBA season goes, the oddsmakers at bet365 currently list the Brooklyn Nets as the favorites to win the championship next spring at +230. The Los Angeles Lakers follow at +333 with the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks at +800 with the Utah Jazz at +1400 and the phoenix Suns at +1600.
The longshots include the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers at +35000 with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder at +25000 and the Sacramento kings and Minnesota Timberwolves at +20000.
Of course, you can bet on each individual regular-season and playoff NBA game at bet365 as well as other futures wagers such as who will win a division or conference, who will be voted as the league’s MVP, the coach of the year or most improved player as well as regular-season wins, points leader and rebound leader etc.