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NBA Southeast Division Odds Update for January 2021 – Can We Trust the Hawks?

| January 16, 2021 10:36 am PDT
NBA Southeast Division Odds

Now might be the perfect time to indulge in NBA Southeast Division betting. Due to a mixed bag of results through the first few weeks of the season, you can latch onto Miami emerging from the crowd at a very handsome price.

Considering the Heat rose to the 2020 NBA Finals after finishing 11 games clear in the Southeast, it’s a more than reasonable proposition.

Then again, the Hawks have an inordinate amount of talent on paper and seem to finally be making positive strides. Even the Hornets look like a dangerous team, and the Magic are holding their own despite losing Markelle Fultz to a torn ACL.

Who knows, if Russell Westbrook gets healthy, perhaps the Wizards’ odds to win the Southeast Division start shooting up the board.

Latest Odds for NBA Southeast Division

Miami Heat -210
Atlanta Hawks +400
Orlando Magic +550
Washington Wizards +1400
Charlotte Hornets  +2000

The bunched-up standings in the Southeast Division are not being reflected at the best basketball betting sites. The oddsmakers clearly don’t trust the Hornets as Charlotte is just a half-game back in the standings at the time of this writing. In fact, I reckon that a smallish wager on “Buzz City” may actually have merit at this price tag.

It’s hard to argue against Miami at -210, although the Hawks are mighty intriguing at +400. Particularly thanks to being led by a genuine MVP candidate.

Could Trae Young Win the MVP?

A colleague of mine highlighted Young here as one of the NBA MVP sleepers, and it’s good to see the Hawks young PG getting the recognition he deserves. With that being said, Young is slowly moving away from “sleepers” territory and entering the upper echelon of candidates.

Trae has slowed down since starting the season on an absolutely torrid pace, but 24.8 ppg and 8.5 apg are nothing to gawk at. Especially if Atlanta can make a serious leap up the standings.

A possible rift between Young and John Collins regarding how the offense is orchestrated recently surfaced, but I wouldn’t read too much into the squabble. It’s just two hungry ballers who want both want the best for this team.

LaMelo Ball is the Real Deal

Whether it’s the ROY or the 6th Man of the Year, LaMelo Ball is set to take home some hardware at the end of the regular season. Since playing 20 or fewer minutes in each of Charlotte’s first three games, the 6’8” rookie PG has taken flight.

LaMelo Ball’s Stats Since December 30th
Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Steals
28.1 13.4 8.1 6.9 1.6

The good news for Michael Jordan’s club is Ball’s only going to get better as he continues to gel with the rest of a blossoming young core. Gordon Hayward is playing rejuvenated, and so is “Scary Terry, ” so you know what that means.

Don’t be afraid to take a stab on the Hornets if you’re betting on Southeast Division.

Tough Breaks For the Wizards

Games getting postponed and having key players miss games due to contract tracing things all teams will inevitably have to deal with in 2021. Unfortunately for the Wizards, that’s been the least of their concerns.

Russell Westbrook is dealing with soreness in his left quad and has already missed a handful of games. Bradley Beal’s main sidekick remains sidelined and will likely be closely monitored for the rest of the year. To make matters worse, Thomas Bryant had been providing a major boost in the post (14.3 ppg, 6.1 rbg, 64.8% from the field).

The 7’1” center’s season is now over after sustaining the same injury as Markelle Fultz.

As for some good news in the nation’s capital?

Bradley Beal is playing like a man possessed and rookie Deni Avdija is shooting over 45% from deep.

More NBA Division Odds and Insight

When push comes to shove, I’m not interested in Miami at -210. I’m not against taking a flier on the Hornets at +2000, but my Southeast Division pick is the Hawks at +400.

I love what John Collins and Clint Capela bring to the table in the frontcourt, and De’Andre Hunter has taken a leap in what is his sophomore season in the pros. Despite playing virtually the identical number of minutes (Hunter’s actually playing slightly less this season), his numbers have skyrocketed.

Season Minutes Points Rebounds Assists FG% 3P% FT%
2019-20 32.0 12.3 4.5 1.8 41.0 35.5 76.4
2020-21 31.6 16.3 6.8 2.1 51.8 43.5 85.3

The way Trae Young’s game is trending, a bet on the Hawks winning the Southeast Division isn’t the worst idea.

For some other NBA Division betting thoughts, check out the links below.

Michael Wynn
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