New Look Nets Chances of Winning the NBA Championship
Nets Odds to Win NBA Title
Brooklyn shocked many markets around the league this summer after adding both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to their roster during the first few weeks of free agency. While there were certainly some whispers about the possibility of Durant joining the Nets throughout the 2018-19 season, it was far from a sure thing until the signing was announced in early July. Trading for Irving also came as a bit of a surprise after D’Angelo Russell appeared to finally be living up to his pre-draft hype.
Russell averaged a very impressive 21.1 points, 7.0 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game while playing just over 30 minutes a night in what amounted to be a breakthrough year. His unexpected departure saw a protected first round draft pick from Golden State coming back the other way and afforded the Nets the cap space to add C DeAndre Jordan to a totally revamped roster.
The entire series of moves from the front office has certainly rocketed the Nets up the power rankings in the Eastern Conference, especially after Kawhi Leonard decided not to sign in Toronto and instead returned home to play in Los Angeles. Betting markets have certainly taken notice, as the Brooklyn Nets odds of winning the Atlantic Division are the best they have been in years at +500.
Best Brooklyn Nets Prop Bets for the Season
There are also a lot of other very intriguing Nets prop bets being offered by oddsmakers as well, including the over/under Nets wins line which currently sits at 44.5. If the over ends up hitting, it would increase from the 42 total wins they recorded last season which ended up being good enough for 4th in the Atlantic and 6th in the Eastern Conference overall.
Even though their first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers was disappointing, players such as Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie gained valuable experience that should payoff in the near future. Although many expect Kevin Durant to miss the entire 2019-20 season, the Brooklyn Nets betting market still may offer some value as oddsmakers adjust to a vastly different starting five. Of course, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and perhaps even the defending champion Toronto Raptors look to have the best shot at clinching the East. Even still, the Nets are currently listed at +1200 to make the NBA Finals, which is a huge step forward from this time last year. They also appear to be almost a lock to make the playoffs at -550.
The biggest question mark regarding just how far this Nets team can go this year is the immediate availability of Kevin Durant. He was recently spotted without crutches and, at the very least, appears to be heading in the right direction after his gruesome achilles injury in the Finals. If he can find a way to return to the court at any point during the playoffs, Brooklyn will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with. However, after signing him to a four-year, 164 million contract, the Nets will avoid rushing Durant into the lineup at all costs.
As such, it appears as if the most likely scenario that plays out this year is that KD doesn’t see the court at all and sits out until October 2020 when he should be 100% healthy. While Irving and DeAndre Jordan will likely lead Brooklyn to an improvement upon their 42-40 record during the 2018-19 season, it will be tough for the Nets to make any sort of extended postseason run until Durant returns.