As the NBA pushes into the second half of its regular season, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets see their NBA Futures odds shifting at most sportsbooks.
As the NBA enters its fourth month of the season, most of its teams have pushed past the halfway point of the regular season. Squads jostle for playoff positioning in the standings, hoping to win that ever-elusive championship. NBA futures continue to shift as teams clash on a nightly basis.
For New York’s teams, it’s been a season of runs, both good and bad. Moving into the second half of the season, both the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks standing in the upper half of the Eastern Conference standings. There’s even a chance these two teams could matchup in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Here’s a quick NBA Futures Mid-Season update for both the Nets and Knicks from some of the best NY sportsbooks.
NBA Futures: Nets Among Title Favorites Once Again
The season couldn’t have opened any worse in Brooklyn than it did in 2022. The Nets started just 1-5 and remained under .500 until the end of November. This led to the dismissal of Steve Nash as head coach and real questions about roster construction. But in December, Brooklyn bounced back under new head coach Jacque Vaughn and posted an NBA-best 12-1 record that month.
The Nets saw their NBA futures odds go from +1600 at the start of December to +550 at DraftKings this month.
Vaughn galvanized a defensive resurgence in Brooklyn, and now the Nets rank top-10 in both Offensive (115.4) and Defensive Rating (112.1). With some of the game’s brightest stars in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets seem to have found their championship rhythm.
That is, until Durant’s recent knee injury. Against the Miami Heat, Durant suffered an MCL sprain that expected to keep him out of action for at least a month. This setback likely hurts Durant’s chances at league MVP, and he was seeing odds between +1700 and +2000 on those boards.
Still, the Nets remain among the favorites on NBA futures odds boards. And as long as Durant returns healthy for the postseason, that won’t change.
NBA Futures: Knicks Remain Longshots
The New York Knicks have sputtered at times this season as well, though they’ve played much better of late. After treading water to start, New York found a solid rhythm in December, posting a 9-6 mark last month. In January, the Knicks have been even better, winning six of their first seven games in the new year. New York currently holds the East’s 6-seed and the league’s 9th-best record overall.
So far this season, the Knicks have posted the league’s seventh-highest Offensive Rating (115.4). They’ve managed the NBA’s tenth-best Defensive Rating as well (112.4). That makes them one of five teams ranked in the top-10 in both statistical categories. New York’s +3.3 Net Rating ranks seventh in the league.
Despite the solid numbers, the Knicks find themselves as longshots on most NBA Futures boards. Odds for New York land between +10000 and +20000 across the board, with Caesars sportsbook listing them at +15000.
The only New York Knicks player on NBA MVP odds boards at this point is Julius Randle. He’s currently 18th in the league in scoring (24.5 points per game) and seventh in rebounding (10.5 rebounds per game). Randle’s third in minutes played so far this season.
Randle sees +30000 odds at both DraftKings and Caesars. Anyone looking to back Randle might want to consider the +50000 he’s getting for the award at BetMGM sportsbook.