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The 2020-2021 NBA season is finally here, and it should be a good one. The bubble has been popped, and teams (with the exception of the Tampa Bay Raptors) are back to playing in their home stadiums. While there are several COVID-19-related protocols that the teams are following (having learned lessons from MLB and the NFL), the return to some level of normalcy should mean some exciting games of basketball.

NBA Schedule 2020/21

Despite the bubble popping, the 2020/2021 schedule will still look quite a bit different from what we’d normally see. Most of the time, the season starts in October, but given that the Finals of the 2019-2020 season ended on October 11th, the start has been delayed quite a bit.

Instead, the season started on December 22nd; teams schedules for the first half of the season, extending from December 22nd until March 4th, are already up. From March 5-10th, there’s the All-Star break, then the second half of the season runs from March 11th-May 16th.

We don’t know what teams’ schedules for the second half look like yet, but we anticipate getting that information before the All-Star Break.

Each team is going to play a 72 game season, 10 fewer than they would normally play. To compensate for this, there will be a new piece to the postseason puzzle: the Playoffs Play-In Tournament.

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2020/21 NBA Schedule Key Dates

2020:

Dec. 1-5:
Individual player workouts/Media “Week”
Dec. 6:
Group player workouts begin
Dec. 11-19:
Preseason games
Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4:
First half of regular season

2021:

March 5-10:
NBA All-Star break
March 11– May 16:
Second half of the regular season
May 18-21:
Play-In Tournament
May 22 – July 22:
NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoff Predictions

This is going to be an incredible year for the NBA, and one playoff prediction we feel we can safely offer months out: it’s going to be intense. There are so many questions we have to ask ourselves when we’re trying to figure out who might make the playoffs this year. Questions like:

  • The “old” Steph Curry is back – but without Klay Thompson, will the Golden State Warriors be able to reverse the misfortune that led them to a league-worst record in the 2019-2020 season?
  • Teams like the Chicago Bulls haven’t played since March 10th, while the Heat and Lakers played their last game a mere 72 days before the start of the season. Will this vast difference in time for training and rest impact team performance?
  • The Nets have Kyrie Irving and KD, with an untested-but-legendary Steve Nash as coach. Things are looking good for them, but there have been some concerns about their roster’s depth – will this line-up give them a shot at a deep playoff run?

We’re going to be analyzing all of these questions – and a whole lot of others – as regular season play continues. Our handicappers offer advice for every single regular season game, as well as for every game in the postseason – a postseason that’s going to be pretty unique, thanks to the Play-In Tournament.

NBA Play-In Tournament Predictions

While it’s too early to tell who is going to participate in the Play-In Tournament – let alone who is going to have the most success – we can make some pretty safe predictions:

The Play-In Tournament is going to feature the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th seeds from each conference. As you probably know, the playoffs feature 8 teams from each conference. The structure of the Play-In is simple: the 7th and 8th seeds play each other, then the 9th and 10th seeds play each other. The winner of the 7th vs 8th games becomes the 7th seed. The loser of that game faces the winner of the 9th vs 10th game to determine the 8th seed.

This means that the 7th and 8th seeds play two win-and-ins, while the 9th and 10th seeds need to win two games in a row. No matter which teams are seeded where, this gives the 7th and 8th seeds in each conference a massive advantage when it comes to making the playoffs.

What NBA Expert Picks Do We Offer at Kyle Covers?

30 teams playing 72 games a piece means 2160 games to cover – and 2160 games that we offer picks for. Our resources also help you find the best types of bet for each game, and different ways you can find an edge.

That’s because betting isn’t just about figuring out which teams are favored – it’s about developing a system, looking for edges, not just in team play, but in the odds that are offered. Whether you want to play straight bets, parlays, or something else, we’ve got your back.

We analyze everything – matchup history, injuries, rotations, travel schedule, player psychology (and team spirit), referees, rivalries, and a whole lot more. We do this so we can give you the best picks for every game of the season.

Expert NBA Point Spread Picks

Point spread picks are a classic way to play NBA betting. Because the odds are almost always -110 per team, the risk-reward is consistent. Our expert picks help you find which team is going to beat the spread because we’re always looking to find edges that bookkeepers might not be thinking about.

Love to bet on the underdog? Our point spread picks will guide you toward which underdogs we think are being underrated – and we tell you why we think they have an edge. We offer point spread picks for every game.

Expert NBA Moneyline Picks

Moneyline bets aren’t for every bettor – they have a much higher or much lower risk-reward ratio than the classic point spread. There are, however, plenty of times where bookkeepers underestimate the odds of an underdog winning – and in those spots, you can win a lot of money.

Expert NBA Over/Under Picks

Over/under betting is insanely fun because every point matters. You might think that you’ve got the totals figured out – right up until Steph Curry scores a career-high 62 points. That’s the kind of variance that makes over/under so exciting – and exactly the kind of edge that will help you find the right bet if you can predict it.

Much like point spread, over/under bets offer consistent risk-reward – we’ll help you find the right picks, and guide you to the best betting strategy.

Can I Get Picks for Tonight’s Games?

Absolutely – if there’s a game on, we have expert picks for it. Weekends, holidays, you name it – it’s almost like Kyle never sleeps. (Disclaimer: he does sleep, but when he dreams, he dreams about sports betting. Or something like that.)

More Than Just NBA Picks

The 2020-2021 NBA season is going to be exhilarating – there are a lot of incredibly strong teams with deep rosters and fiery rivalries. If you’re anything like us, though, you’ll be watching more than just the NBA.

You might be into college basketball, or hockey, or football, or baseball. We offer picks for every major sport – that means:

So if you like sports betting and you want to find your edge, you’re in the right place – Kyle Covers has got you covered!