Denver Nuggets Betting
Catch the Denver Nuggets on the BetUS sportsbook as this team could be a dark horse in the basketball futures. Bet on them to make the NBA Finals via their NBA conference odds or to win the NBA Championship with their NBA Championship odds.
Denver Nuggets Betting Outlook
- Championship Odds: +1800
- Conference Odds: +900
- Division Odds: +300
At -650 to make the playoffs but just 48.5 in regular-season win projection, it seems the Nuggets will finish as another middle-seeded team that gets ousted by the second round. This was their fate last season as not even the efforts of Jokic were enough to save them from getting swept in the second round.
Denver is still missing star guard Jamal Murray. (knee) Without him, the Nuggets will miss an important piece to their offense. Fortunately, the emergence of Michael Porter Jr. has helped fill that void a little. If Denver hopes to do more than make the playoffs, Murray will need to return and the team’s defense will need to be more consistent.
At +1800, we can consider Denver as a dark horse to win the NBA title. They have the superstar in Jokic, a closer in Murray, and a brilliant coach in Mike Malone. If Porter Jr. takes that next step, Denver could be the hipster pick this 2021-22 season.
Nuggets 2021-22 Predictions
- Regular Season Record: 50-32
- Conference Standing: 6th
- Division Standing: 2nd
Denver Nuggets Team Leaders
Jokic will once again be in the MVP conversation. He opened at +2500 to repeat, which was quickly bet down to +1600 considering its value. The “Joker” led his team in scoring, rebounding, and assists. He switched his game when Murray went down, going from a playmaker to a scorer. With Murray still sidelined, Jokic will need to continue the heavy lifting.
Aiding Jokic will be Porter Jr, who is the slight favorite to win the Most Improved Player award at +700. “MPJ” has begun showing his potential last season. He put up Kevin Durant-like shooting numbers, scoring 19 points with a .646 effective field goal percentage. Improving, would mean an All-Star spot for him.
And of course, there is Murray. The Canadian guard was having a career year with 21.2 points and 2.7 threes made per game. But he tore his ACL and will miss most of the 2021-22 season. But if he can return at some point, he will provide a big boost to the team.
Denver started the 2020-21 season slowly, hovering above the .500 mark prior to the All-Star break. The team finally heated up after the break, posting a 26-10 record, the second-best in the NBA.
The Nuggets adjusted its defense and began blowing out teams. Denver had the third-most double-digit wins in the league behind just Utah and the Clippers. However, Denver’s slow start to the season ultimately made them an unprofitable team on the point spread.
Denver finished with a 38-44 spread record and was just 30-30 as chalk. The Nuggets were more reliable to bet on the over/unders with 57.3% of their games going over (47-35). The Nuggets continued their hot streak to the playoffs as they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers. But they ran into the Suns in the second round and got swept.
Jeff Green, forward/center, Brooklyn Nets
Paul Millsap, forward, Brooklyn Nets
JaVale McGee, center, Phoenix Suns
Petr Cornelie, forward, Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez
Nah’Shon Hyland, guard, VCU
It took Malone four seasons to finally bring the Denver Nuggets back to the postseason, but each playoff run has resulted in at least a second-round appearance. Malone has a .562 winning rate with Denver though the team still can’t beat the elite of the West.
At some point, Denver’s executives will want more than a second-round appearance from the Nuggets. It’s hard to see Malone being on the hot seat, but if Denver is not getting better it’s getting worse. Alternatively, Malone could also win the Coach of the Year if Denver goes above expectations. At +1400, it’s worth a shot.