NBA: Bucks slight favorites over Nets on opening night

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Aug 19 2021 09:49 AM

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) holds his NBA Finals MVP Trophy during the Milwaukee Bucks victory parade. Kamil Krzaczynski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) holds his NBA Finals MVP Trophy during the Milwaukee Bucks victory parade. Kamil Krzaczynski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

The NBA began to reveal its 2021-22 schedule earlier this week, and sportsbooks are following close behind.

The reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks are slightly favored to defeat the Brooklyn Nets o opening night in October, the night the Bucks will raise their title banner at the Fiserv Forum.

As of Wednesday evening, the Bucks are considered 1-point favorites at BetMGM and have a 1.5-point spread over the Nets on FanDuel's Sportsbook. The moneyline leans toward the Bucks at FanDuel (-120), while both teams are -110 at BetMGM.

A bit of a rivalry might be brewing after Milwaukee defeated Brooklyn in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs this summer.

In the other half of the NBA's opening-night doubleheader, the host Los Angeles Lakers are 4.5-point favorites at BetMGM and 5.5-point favorites at FanDuel to defeat the Golden State Warriors.

For the moneyline, the Lakers are -190 favorites at BetMGM and -230 at FanDuel.

The game should be Russell Westbrook's Lakers debut as he teams up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis to form the NBA's latest power trio. It could also mark the return of Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson after injuries have kept him on the sidelines the past two seasons.

The NBA will release the its full schedule on Friday.