The Best NBA Futures Bets to Make

By Sidelines Staff   February 12, 2023 

The Best NBA Futures Bets to Make

NBA futures betting is one of the most exciting ways to bet on basketball. In addition to betting on games on a nightly basis, it gives fans a chance to put their money where their mouths are with their seasonal predictions. Oh and of course, you can win a ton of money if you place your bet early enough.

NBA betting sites provide the option for you to place bets on events that will conclude at a later date. Futures can involve individual players or teams, and odds will change throughout the season. 

The most popular types of NBA future bets include: NBA Championship Winner, Regular Season MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Defensive Player of the Year. Meanwhile, you can find more obscure future bets such as Atlanta Hawks To Reach the Playoffs, for example.

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Here we’ll delve into the best NBA future bets you can place at the halfway point of the 2022-23 NBA regular season:  

Championship Winner: Phoenix Suns (+460 FanDuel)

The Phoenix Suns made a blockbuster trade prior to the trade deadline, acquiring superstar Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets. Phoenix is clearly going all in this year and you need to jump on this bandwagon. Two years removed from losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals, the Suns roster is now bolstered to make another title run. 

The NBA’s Western Conference is currently wide open with teams like the Nuggets, Grizzlies, and Kings sitting ahead of Phoenix in the standings—all of whom have yet to prove themselves in the postseason. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better trio in the league than Durant, Devin Booker, and Chris Paul.


MVP Winner: Joel Embiid (+350 BetMGM)

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has finished runner-up in the regular season MVP voting the past two seasons, but this might be the year he finally gets to hoist the prestigious trophy. Embiid is currently averaging over 33 points per game while taking less shots and shooting a higher percentage than Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who both trail him.

Additionally, the favorite to win this year’s MVP, Nikola Jokic, has taken home the honor each of the past two seasons. While the Denver Nuggets star is putting up great numbers again, a player hasn’t won the MVP three straight years since Larry Bird. 

Games played, or a lack thereof, has hindered Embiid’s chances the past two seasons. However, he has only played in six less games than Jokic this year. If he keeps that pace as well as his scoring rate, Embiid has a great chance to finally win the NBA MVP Award.


Most Improved Player: Cam Thomas (+2400 FanDuel)

No one in the NBA has been hotter lately than Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas, who poured in a total of 134 points in his last three games. With Durant and Kyrie Irving gone, the LSU product is only going to keep getting more and more time with the ball in his hands. At (+2400) to win the Most Improved Player Award, Thomas is a premier NBA futures bet to place.

His minutes have been fluctuating throughout the season, but with how the Nets look now, he should get steady playing time the rest of the year. The Nets have entered a rebuild and Thomas is going to reap the benefits. The Nets guard became the youngest player in league history to net three straight 40+ point games.

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