Lakers and Cavs will exceed expectations, and other futures to like

The 2018-19 NBA season is upon us, which means the time has come to look into our crystal balls and find the 10 best future bets the league has to offer.

While you can certainly swing for the fences and take LeBron’s Lakers to win it all or go rogue and take James Dolan’s Knicks to capture the Atlantic Division, this column offers a series of more reasonable selections.

Make no mistake, though, there are plenty of entertaining — and profitable — futures worth your while, including a few fliers that might surprise you.