When Will The 2021 NBA Season Start?

  • January 2021 is favored to be when the NBA season starts at -300 odds.
  • February 2021 has +350 odds of being when the next NBA season starts.
  • December 2020 has longshot odds (+650) of being when the NBA season starts.

ORLANDO, Fla. – As the NBA season is nearing its end, it is time for league officials to begin thinking of when the next NBA season will begin.

The dates have been all mixed around due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Online sportsbooks have odds on when the NBA season will start and January 2021 is favored to be when it starts.

When Will The Next NBA Season Start?

  • January 2021 -300
  • February 2021 +350
  • December 2020 +650

January 2021 is favored to be when the new NBA season starts as the commissioner of the league, Adam Silver has stated that the league’s best bet to start is in January.

“I continue to believe that we’re going to be better off getting into January— The goal for us next season is to play a standard season ... an 82-game season and playoffs. And further, the goal would be to play games in home arenas in front of fans, but there’s still a lot that we need to learn, said Silver.

With January already on the mind of Silver and the rest of the league, this could turn out to be an easy money bet to make.

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As for the February start, it has longer NBA odds as there has been no talk about any possible dates in February. The reason they have the second shortest odds, however, could be because the season’s start date has already been pushed back once and if the NBA and NBA Players Association cannot agree on a start date, the season could be pushed back once more.

Looking at the December 2020 start date, this should be considered out of the question by now as Adam Silver has mentioned that this start date seemed too early.

“I'd say Dec. 1, now that we're working through this season, is feeling a little bit early to me,” said Silver.

He then mentioned that the ultimate goal of the league was for fans to be able to be in attendance and it might not be possible with a December start date as the pandemic is still going on. Add in NBA Christmas though, and it throws everything up in the air.

Regardless, the best bet for the start of the 2021 NBA season is in January 2021.