The NBA is back for its 75th Anniversary Season, and Hoosiers are ready to bet on the action.
Basketball was the most popular betting sport in Indiana for the first six months of 2021. Now the sport is back to help pile onto football’s record-breaking numbers.
The NBA season starts on Oct. 19 when the Brooklyn Nets face off against the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks. You can catch that game at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.
2021-2022 NBA betting odds
This time of the year is a great one for hoops fans.
Most teams are optimistic about the future, and there aren’t any negative results out there to dampen spirits yet.
Indiana Pacers fans are certainly in that position this year.
The team missed the playoffs last season after skidding out in the play-in tournament, but the blue and gold is hoping to take another stab at things this year with a healthier roster.
The latest NBA betting odds aren’t looking too favorably for the Pacers, though.
Since the Pacers are at +10,000 to win the NBA title, oddsmakers don’t have a lot of faith in the team.
Indiana Pacers Eastern Conference betting odds
The Eastern Conference is a lot stronger than it was last season. After all, you can’t win the finals if you don’t conquer the conference first.
Teams like the Bulls, Knicks, Heat, Wizards, and Cavaliers all improved their rosters over the summer. Toss in some stiff competition up top from the Nets, Celtics, 76ers, and Bucks, and it’s going to be even harder to make the postseason this year.
The Pacers could realistically end up anywhere from the No. 5 to No. 12 seed this season depending on health.
That could provide some interesting opportunities for Hoosiers that like to bet on the Pacers, especially if you think the team is undervalued by sportsbooks.
Since the big winner odds might be a bit out of reach for the team this year, Pacers fans should consider checking out some of the other betting options out there for the team. That’s where gamblers will be able to find some value picks.
For example, you can bet the over/under for the number of wins Indiana will end up with this season. Caesars Sportsbook has that total set at 42.5 right now.
If you’re feeling strongly about the team one way or the other, then that could be a solid option for betting.
Best NBA season opener sportsbook deals
Indiana’s legal online sportsbooks will release all sorts of betting promotions throughout the NBA season.
This is the first round of deals, so be sure to check in with your favorite sportsbook for the full list of options.
FanDuel Indiana Bet $2, Win $150
FanDuel Indiana is looking to make its mark with its first new deal of the NBA season.
However, this promotion is for new users only, so you’ll have to sit this one out if you already have a FanDuel account.
The deal is boosting the odds for any team to win their game on opening night all the way up to +7,500. That puts betting on the Lakers, Nets, Warriors, or Bucks on the table for Oct. 19.
In other words, your $2 max bet will win you $150 with this promotion if your bet cashes. That’s a fantastic way to start off your new account’s bankroll.
Just create a FanDuel account by clicking the link below and making your first deposit of at least $10 in order to qualify for the deal.
Once you’re all set up, find the “NBA Tip Off Enhanced Odds” bet on FanDuel and place your $2 wager.
DraftKings The King vs. The Chef
DraftKings is looking to attract some opening night bettors with its latest promotion.
The sportsbook’s “The King vs. The Chef” deal, as the name suggests, is specifically for Oct. 19’s Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors game. With LeBron James and Steph Curry going head-to-head, the opening night bout should attract plenty of attention.
If you bet on either team’s moneyline, then you’re essentially backing James or Curry with this promotion.
Wager $50 or more on the Lakers, and you’ll win a $2 free bet for every point that James scores during the game. Bet on the Warriors and you’ll be in the same boat with Curry.
To use this deal, you’ll just have to sign up for DraftKings if you don’t already have an account.
Then, be sure to opt-in to the promotion under the “Promos” section of the DraftKings website or app.
If you do end up using this deal, then it’s important to note that your free bets will expire within seven days.
Unibet Bet $25 Get $10
If you’re looking for something a little bit different in the promotions department, then Unibet could be your best option to kick off the new NBA season.
The sportsbook is offering a “Bet $25, Get $10” deal to reel in some Hoosier hoops fans.
The deal is exactly what it sounds like. If you wager at least $25 on the first night of NBA games, then Unibet will credit your account with a free $10.
However, you’ll have to wager that $10 as an NBA live bet.
If you’re new to live betting, it works the same way as a typical NBA bet would. You’re just wagering on the game as it’s happening, rather than placing a bet before the action starts.
This deal is a good option if you’re looking to try live betting, or if you were planning to bet on the NBA anyways. After all, if you were already going to wager, you might as well earn a free $10 live bet for your efforts.
Sportsbooks may roll out some fresh deals closer to the first night of NBA action, so check in with your favorite betting app if none of these deals sound interesting.