2022 NBA Futures Value Picks | Five Futures To Consider For NBA Postseason

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on February 23, 2022 - Last Updated on February 28, 2022

The NBA All-Star break doesn’t exactly mark the halfway point in the season, as teams have less than 25 games remaining in an 82-game schedule. With the regular season making its turn down the home stretch, time is running out to find value when it comes to NBA betting on futures.

We’ve dug through the futures markets at various online sportsbooks and below, we’ve compiled our seven favorite wagers for the 2021-22 NBA postseason based on both value and likelihood of winning.

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Philadelphia 76ers To Win NBA Title ()

The Grizzlies are a very tempting value at +3000 for those really willing to roll the dice, but Philly’s price is certainly nothing to scoff at. Those with some faith in this play would do well to jump on board now, prior to James Harden making his team debut and likely shortening these odds in the process.

His addition to the starting five will naturally give the team’s offense an ultra-explosive component and take a load off the shoulders of the likes of Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid, the latter who’s already enjoying an MVP-caliber season.

The one member of the starting five not mentioned above could very well be a vital component to the 76ers’ ability to get over the hump and secure the Larry O’Brien Trophy versus the opponent I predict they’ll face, the Warriors.

Matisse Thybulle’s elite defense has the potential to significantly disrupt the rhythm of whoever of Golden State’s Big Three he shadows. With Thybulle in the starting five in Philly’s 102-93 win over the Dubs at Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 11, the Warriors shot only 40.0 percent overall and Stephen Curry went just 6-for-20 from the floor, including 3-for-14 from distance.

Then, the Warriors’ 20-point win over the 76ers at Chase Center in November notably came with Philly missing Embiid and then-backup Andre Drummond contributing all of one point in 27 minutes. Granted, Golden State didn’t have Klay Thompson for either game, but more important, the Sixers didn’t have Harden, either.

Philly’s 19-10 road mark and its collective postseason experience also lend credence to the notion that they can finally get over the hump after multiple good-but-not-good-enough seasons.

Philadelphia 76ers To Win Eastern Conference ()

The 76ers are naturally the pick here given my belief they’ll also eventually prevail in the NBA Finals.

With respect to coming out of the Eastern Conference, Philly has already shown it can hang with the defending champion and current conference co-favorite Bucks, splitting the first two games of this year’s series without Harden. Philly is also 1-1 against current co-No. 1 seed Miami and 3-0 versus the Bulls, the team the Heat shares that spot with.

The 76ers’ biggest hurdle could ultimately be the Nets if they can get fully back on track with the eventual return of Kevin Durant (knee) and debut of Ben Simmons, but the latter may realistically not be able to fully shake off the rust at any point during this season/postseason.

Moreover, if neither Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status nor New York’s COVID-19 policy has changed by the time the playoffs roll around, it would naturally ding Brooklyn’s prospects for any home games.

Golden State Warriors To Win Western Conference ()

The Dubs currently share the mantle of favorite in this market with the Suns, but Chris Paul’s multi-week thumb injury could certainly put a notable crimp in Phoenix’s overall aspirations.

The absence of Paul’s elite facilitating skills and defense for what might well be the rest of the regular season will create a significant vacuum the likes of Cameron Payne and Aaron Holiday can’t come close to filling.

As such, it wouldn’t surprise to see Golden State, which should only see Thompson get even sharper down the stretch after his long layoff, claim sole possession of the top spot on the leaderboard in coming weeks.

The play of Curry, Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Jonathan Kuminga – the latter doing plenty to help make up for the current absence of Draymond Green (back) – gives Steve Kerr’s club no shortage of firepower. Golden State has also gone 2-1 against Phoenix this season with one head-to-head clash remaining.

Each team has notched one win apiece on its home floor, and the Warriors’ Christmas Day victory impressively unfolded at Footprint Center, where the Suns have lost just five times overall.

It’s worth noting Golden State is 2-1 against the Jazz, another top threat in the Western Conference. The Warriors have had some trouble with the Nuggets and Grizzlies, but Curry’s playoff pedigree,

Thompson’s presence and the Dubs’ considerable experience edge in such scenarios over Memphis could naturally make a significant impact in a high-stakes postseason series.

Los Angeles Lakers Regular-Season Wins Under

The Lakers are 27-31 as post-All-Star break play begins, and they’re looking at a likely absence of at least four weeks from Anthony Davis due to an ankle injury. Russell Westbrook has been an overall disappointment, and the remainder of the roster outside of LeBron James isn’t exactly trustworthy on a nightly basis.

Los Angeles is 10-11 straight up without Davis thus far this season, making them an even uglier 17-20 with him on the floor.

An 11-13 mark or worse the rest of the way will allow this prop to cash; given Los Angeles’ 6-12 mark since Jan. 9 and very modest season-high of four consecutive wins, that seems completely within the realm of possibility.

Also, the Lakers’ remaining schedule is far from a cakewalk, as 14 of their remaining 24 games are against teams with winning records. Two others come against a Clippers team that’s just one game under .500 and has already beaten its Crypto.com Arena co-tenant twice in as many tries.

New Orleans Pelicans To Make Play-In Tournament (+175 or better)

The Pelicans sit two games out of the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference as play resumes begins Thursday, certainly a very surmountable deficit with 23 games remaining.

New Orleans’ trade-deadline acquisition of CJ McCollum hasn’t quite paid major dividends yet in the standings (1-4 record) but three of those defeats came at the hands of the Heat, Grizzlies, and Mavericks.

The addition of McCollum allows for the move of Devonte’ Graham to the second unit and also helps create a starting spot for 2019 first-round pick Jaxson Hayes, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.1 rebounds over the last 14 games before the break.

When also considering the overall upside of Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas, the Pels could well vault their way up into one of the play-in levels spots even if Zion Williamson (foot) can’t return this season, especially with seven head-to-head matchups remaining with the three teams directly above them in the standings.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports and sports betting. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL and CFL, while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports, online gaming and sports betting industries.

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