Chicago Bulls' DeMar DeRozan
Chicago Bulls' DeMar DeRozan (11) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Cedi Osman (16) in the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

2 NBA Futures to Bet On

Kyle Barrette

The NBA season is on the horizon, and with professional sports essentially taking the day off tomorrow outside of the NHL, what better time than to bring you a couple of our favorite future bets for this upcoming season.

The Chicago Bulls win total of 42.5:
Finally, Zach LaVine is going to get some help. Last year you could see some improvement with this team, but it was obvious more roster work needed to be done, and during the offseason the moves were made. The Bulls were able to add DeRozan, Ball, and Caruso to go along with White and LaVine. White will start the season on the injured list as he continues to heal from shoulder surgery, but reports are that he is coming along nicely and should not miss too much time as they expect him to make his return sometime in November. Nikola Vucevic will also have a full camp under his belt after being traded to Chicago after the Magic blew up their team at the end of last season. The big man will look to continue his presence inside and control the glass with double digits rebounds per game in his short stint last season with Chicago. Coach Billy Donovan will be in his second season at the helm and his first season was a mild success. Even with another shortened season, he still led the team to a nine-win improvement from the year prior. With a year under his belt and a much-improved roster, look for the Bulls to take the next step forward yet again, this time in the form of at least a 12-game improvement and take the Bulls over 42.5 wins.

New York Knicks Make the Playoffs? Yes (-120)
The Knicks were a big surprise last season, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference, and after re-signing many of their key players from last season and adding a couple in the offseason, they are primed for another playoff run. This team’s defense gave their opponents fits last season and it was clear this was the way the Knicks rode into the number four seed, as their offense was one of the lowest scoring in the league. The re-signing of veteran leaders and bringing in playmakers like Fournier and Kemba Walker, who are coming off of down years to help lift this offense, makes it clear this team has reloaded and is ready to make another run. With not a lot changing among the top teams in the East, it looks like the books are predicting a down year for the Knicks. With Washington losing Westbrook and likely falling out of the eighth spot that will most likely be filled by Chicago, which leaves the Pistons, Magic, Cavs, Raptors, Pacers and Hornets to contend with the Knicks. These teams are either in the midst of a rebuild or are too young to challenge a team like the Knicks for a playoff spot. Take the low line with confidence, and we will see you in the garden this postseason. 

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