By Evan Sidery | | 7 mins
Denver Nuggets Odds, Futures & Betting Predictions To Back
The Denver Nuggets are now a mainstay in the Western Conference as a legitimate contender, something Colorado sports betting fans have come to count on. Coming off an MVP season, Nikola Jokic leads Denver with realistic expectations to make another deep playoff run in 2021-22. However, Jamal Murray, his top running mate, could be out for most or all of the regular season due to an ACL tear. Filling in for Murray’s potent scoring punch will be Michael Porter Jr., who just inked his rookie-scale max extension on Media Day.
Denver has Jokic, Murray (when healthy), Porter and an intriguing group of depth pieces surrounding them. Their top secondary option, Aaron Gordon, was acquired at the trade deadline last season from the Orlando Magic. Gordon recently signed a long-term extension to stay with the Nuggets, locking in a well-balanced quartet of talent that puts Denver in a viable position to eventually make an NBA Finals run.
Nuggets Win-Total Betting
Even with Murray projected to miss time with extended rehab from his knee injury, betting apps still project the Nuggets to flirt with a 50-win campaign. It’s a fair assessment, especially with the reigning MVP leading their roster. If Porter takes his expected leap in Year 4 of his career, Denver will certainly flirt with hitting the over on their projected win-total.
The Bet: It’s tough to bet against Jokic and a talented Nuggets roster, even with Murray’s absence. If Denver can avoid falling into an early-season hole, I would side with them just barely hitting the Over at PointsBet Sportsbook.
Nuggets Division Odds
Will the Nuggets push the Utah Jazz for the Northwest Division crown in 2021-22? Without Murray, it will be a tough task. The Jazz are led by Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic and head coach Quinn Snyder. One of the most well-balanced teams in the Western Conference, Utah finished as the No. 1 overall seed last season. Denver trying to compete with them a tad shorthanded would take real regression from Utah.
Nuggets Western Conference Odds
NBA odds for winning the Western Conference project the Nuggets at No. 6 overall trailing the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. Murray will be back for a potential deep playoff run for the Nuggets, which could help them eventually leapfrog a few teams on this list.
The Bet: These odds for the Nuggets to win the West at DraftKings Sportsbook is a daunting ask, especially with how loaded the very top is. Could the Nuggets actually upend LeBron James’ Lakers or potentially another resurgent season from the Suns? I would say no deal on wagering on Denver making the NBA Finals.
Nuggets NBA Title Odds
Denver holds the ninth-best NBA title odds, tied with the Miami Heat. It’s a spot-on projection when looking at the teams above them. The Nuggets and Heat feel like teams in the same tier — real contenders, but not yet on the elite tier of their own conferences.
The Bet: If Jamal Murray was healthy, these odds at .Caesars Sportsbook would be too enticing to pass on. However, with Murray out and likely rusty when he returns late in the regular season, I would side towards avoiding this bet altogether when making your NBA picks.
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Best Nuggets Player Prop Bets
The Line: Michael Porter Jr., Most Improved Player,
Michael Porter Jr. has quickly risen up the ranks of under-25 talent in the NBA. With an effortless scoring ability, Porter showcased after Murray’s season-ending injury how he would look with an increased usage. Porter averaged over 20 points per game while shooting plus-40 percent on 3-pointers. As a dynamic three-level scorer, Porter is in line to be one of the top contenders to win Most Improved Player.
The Bet: Porter comes in with the best odds to win the award. In terms of NBA betting, this is one I would be hammering. If Porter takes an even higher leap than expected, he could be flirting with his first career All-Star berth. Take the money and run on Porter’s odds at FanDuel.