In this section, we’ll show you lots more examples of bets, lines and odds of future bets in a number of different major sports. We are going to look at football, basketball, baseball and hockey, as well as a few examples of futures in other sports.

Betting Futures in NFL Football

Betting on the NFL is amazingly popular and there are loads of future bets available in football.

Let’s start with the most obvious: the Super Bowl winner. This is a classic futures bet. It takes the whole season to be determined. It requires you to think about lots of different possibilities for how the season will unfold. And no matter how well you know your sport, it will require a bit of luck.

If you can correctly predict the Super Bowl winner from the beginning of the season, you can expect to cash in big.

An example futures line for betting on the winner of the Super Bowl might look like this:

  • New England Patriots: +450
  • Philadelphia Eagles: +900
  • Green Bay Packers: +1000
  • Los Angeles Rams: +1000
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: +1100

Sometimes sportsbooks will only show the favorite teams, but you can generally get odds and place a bet on any team you like. As you can see, because there is a long season ahead with a lot of variables, there is plenty of value in predicting who will win.

In this example, if you bet $100 on the Philadelphia Eagles and they went on to win the Super Bowl, you would be taking home a cool $1,000. Even though they are the second-favorites! This gives you an idea of how profitable futures can be.

You can get much more specific if you want as well. If you think you know who is going to face off against each other in the Super Bowl, you can bet on which two teams make it to the final. You can expect even more attractive odds on that since there are two components of the bet you have to get correct. For that bet you don’t even have to predict who wins.

Of course, if you don’t want to bet on the overall winner you can just bet on the winner of either conference. You can expect the odds of picking the winning team for that to be a little shorter, but still, offer a big payday.

A line for betting on the Outright Winner of the AFC Championship might look like this:

  • New England Patriots: +250
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: +600
  • Kansas City Chiefs: +700
  • Los Angeles Chargers: +800

Once again, if you want to get more specific you can also pick the two teams to play in the AFC Championship Game. Any time you bet on the winner of a conference or a division when there is still a long way to go, you are making a futures bet. Here are some more futures bets in the NFL:

  • To Win the Super Bowl
  • To Win the AFC Championship
  • To Win the NFC Championship
  • To Win the AFC North
  • To Win the AFC South
  • To Win the NFC North
  • To Win the NFC East

You can pick whatever conference you like. Futures bets in the NFL give you lots of options for betting. Remember that a futures bet is anything that is determined over the course of the season, so the sheer number of things to predict in the NFL means that you can win a lot of money if you can get them right. Here are some other, more varied futures bets available in the NFL:

  • To Win NFl MVP Award
  • Quarterback to throw the most yards over the season
  • Team to win a certain number of games
  • Team or player to score a certain number of ppoints
  • Player to win rookie of the year

Basically, anything that you can predict which takes the entire NFL season to determine, you can make a futures bet on. Remember that in general, the earlier you bet on any outcome the more money you stand to win.

Future Bets in NBA Basketball

Just like the NFL, the long season of the NBA gives plenty of opportunities for futures bets. Again, let’s look at the most common futures bet on the NBA: the winner of the NBA Championship. Once again, the earlier you think you can predict the winner, the better your payout will usually be.

A typical betting line for the NBA winner might look like this:

  • Golden State Warriors: -162.50
  • Boston Celtics: +600
  • Houston Rockets: +900
  • Toronto Raptors: +1000

This time, the Golden State Warriors are such big favorites that they have negative odds. Here, if you bet $162.50 on the Warriors, you will take home $100 in profit if they win. If you bet $100 on the Celtics, you stand to win a total of $700 ($600 in profit + your original $100 bet). Because the Warriors are such heavy favorites, there is not a huge amount of value on them even though this example could be available at the beginning of the season.

Let’s look at a different futures bet in the NBA, where you might find a little more value. This is what the line might look like to predict the winner of the Atlantic Division:

  • Boston Celtics: +300
  • Toronto Raptors: +400
  • Philadelphia 76ers: +600
  • New York Knicks: +1200
  • Brooklyn Nets: +1200

In this case, there are fewer possible teams that can win, so a smaller pool means smaller odds. However, there is also a lack of consensus for a clear favorite, in contrast to the Warriors in our previous example.

In this case it is pretty reasonable to think that the Celtics, the Raptors or the 76ers could win the Division, so all of their odds are similar and all of them have some value. In this case, betting $100 on each would win $400, $500 or $700 respectively. All pretty good returns if you think one is a clearer favorite than the bookmaker’s odds indicate.

Just like with NFL betting, there are loads of futures bets in the NBA to choose from, so don’t feel that you are limited to picking the overall winner. Here are some other futures that are common in betting on the NBA:

  • To win the Atlantic Division
  • To win the Pacific Division
  • To win the Northwest Division
  • To win the Central Division
  • To win the Southeast Division
  • To win the Southwest Division

As you can see, you can pick the winner of any division to make a futures bet on. Don’t know much about the teams in the Central Division? Forget about them and bet on the Division you feel you know the most about.

Again, if you want to get even more specific you can bet on the two teams that will play in the playoffs final. You can even bet how many games it takes to win.

And don’t forget, it is not just the winning teams that you can bet on. You can make a futures bet on anything that will be determined over the course of the season, including individual awards and stats. For example:

  • To win regular-season MVP
  • To score the most points
  • To win Rookie of the Year
  • To win NBA Coach of the Year
  • To win NBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • To score the most three-pointers in a regular-season

With 82 games for each team in a regular NBA season, there is a lot of action to bet on and a lot of things that can go right or wrong. The better you are at predicting how the season will pan out, and the earlier you can do it, the more money you can make from futures bets on the NBA. Before you start placing futures bets on the NBA you will need to find out if it is even legal to bet on sports in your state.

Future Bets in MLB Baseball

If you thought the 82 game NBA season provided a lot of futures betting opportunities, wait until you get a load of the 162 game MLB season. A good thing to keep in mind with futures betting is the more games there are to be played before a bet is decided, the higher the payout. The trade-off for a big potential payday is that your risk goes up too.

Let’s take the most common futures bet in the MLB: the winner of the World Series. The line may look like this at the start of the season:

  • Boston Red Sox: +600
  • Houston Astros: +700
  • LA Dodgers: +900
  • New York Yankees: +900
  • Chicago Cubs: +1100

This is just a selection, but bookmakers offer odds on any MLB team winning the World Series, so you can bet on whoever you like. As you can see, with so many teams and games over the course of the season, there is a lot of value in predicting the winner of the World Series from the start.

In fact, this could be a great spot to hedge your bets. If you can’t choose between the Red Sox, the Astros and the Dodgers, why not bet on all of them. They have such attractive odds that you’re still guaranteed to make money if one of them wins.

Say you bet $100 dollars on each of the Red Sox, Astros and Dodgers, and the Dodgers end up winning the World Series. Well, you would still be up $700, even though two of your bets lost. We’ll talk more about hedging later in our tips and strategies section.

Just like in NBA and NFL, if you don’t want to predict the overall winner in MLB you can bet on the winner of the individual leagues, which might look like this:

  • To win the American League East
  • To win the American League West
  • To win the American League Central
  • To win the Pacific League East
  • To win the Pacific League West
  • To win the Pacific League Central

You can also get more specific, by betting on which teams make the playoffs, the final positions of each team in their respective leagues, or even who will finish bottom. The more specific you are able to be with your predictions, the more money you will win if you are correct. Before you get started betting on MLB games you need to know if it is legal in your state. Our guide on legal MLB betting states is your one-stop shop to start wagering today.

You are not limited to teams either, the MLB has many individual awards and stats that you can bet on over the course of the season. Some examples might be:

  • To win MLB Most Valuable Player
  • To win the Cy Young Award
  • To win Rookie of the Year
  • To win Manager of the Year
  • To win the Golden Glove Award
  • The player to hit the most home rins
  • The player to have the highest batting average

Future Bets in Other Sports

Soccer has such a big presence in so many countries that there are endless futures bets available at the start of every season. You could bet on the winner of the Premier League in England, Serie A in Italy, La Liga in Spain, the Bundesliga in Italy or MLS in the US.

Just like all the other futures bets we have looked at if you’re betting on a favorite, the earlier you get your money on a winning team the more you will usually stand to win.

Soccer also has regular international tournaments for you to bet on, such as World Cup Winners or the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Not only that, but soccer has loads of futures betting possibility on individual stats, like the top goal scorer in each league or the goalkeeper who conceded the fewest goals.

Tennis has four majors throughout the year and picking the winner of them before anyone has picked up a racket is a pretty popular futures bet. If you think you know who will win on grass, you can bet on the winner of Wimbledon. If you know whose specialty is clay, you can pick the winner at Roland Garros.

Golf is another great sport for futures betting due to the size of the field. There are so many potential winners before the beginning of a golf tournament that if you can pick the right one, you stand to make a lot of money. Not even Tiger Woods in his prime was a negative money line odds at the start of a tournament. Making a futures bet on the winner of the Masters or the Open is a great way to add a bit of extra excitement for the weekend.

Really, almost any sport you can think of will have the possibility for futures betting. Any bet that you can put on which is determined over the course of a season, tournament, or multiple matches means it will be more difficult to predict and therefore more valuable. Futures can really add value to watching any sport.

Legendary Futures Bets

Like we said, depending on how far out your prediction is, futures bets can be worth a crazy amount of money. Often, even betting on the favorite team to win a Championship at the start of the season is likely to return a very healthy sum. That is just the nature of a long season with so many variables.

Once you appreciate that, can you imagine how much money can be made when you bet on a major outsider that ends up winning it all? The amounts of money involved can be genuinely life-changing.

Take the guy who bet $250 on the St Louis Cardinals to make the World Series and another $250 to win it in 2011. Not such a crazy-sounding bet you might think. But this guy did it in the middle of September when the Cards were five games off a wild card spot with just fifteen games to play.

The bookmakers (and let’s face it, most people) thought this was a one in a million shot. Nevertheless, the Cardinals made the playoffs and eventually won the World Series, earning the punter $375,000. Now THAT is a prediction.

Or how about little Leicester City in the English Premier League. In 2016 they pulled off the greatest tournament win in the history of soccer, and maybe even all of sports. That year, even though they were playing in the lower divisions only a year earlier, they beat the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea to lift the Premier League Trophy having been an incredible +500000 or 5000/1 to win it at the start of the year.

That means that if you put $200 on them to win that year, you would have been a millionaire by the end of the season. Plenty of people got in on the action too, as Ladbrokes, a popular sportsbook in the UK announced that Leicester winning the League had cost them around $33 million in payouts.

These bets show that, while predicting the big one is pretty hard, it’s not impossible. Futures bets are unique in sports betting, in that if you get them right, you have the potential to win some seriously big money without needing a huge stake.

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