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Odds and Analysis for Every NBA Division Ahead of the 2021-22 Season

| September 12, 2021 11:10 pm PDT

The winner of each division may not be as important in the NBA as other sports, but it gives sports bettors another chance to earn some money.

There are six divisions in the NBA. Three are in the Eastern Conference and three in the Western Conference. Some divisions have a clear-cut favorite, but others are more competitive and there’s an opportunity to find a longshot.

Let’s analyze the division races for the 2021-22 NBA season, looking at the latest division winner odds.

Atlantic Division

Brooklyn Nets-280
Philadelphia 76ers+360
Boston Celtics+1000
New York Nicks+3000
Toronto Raptors+5000

From top to bottom, this is the most competitive division. We’ll likely see three playoff teams, but it wouldn’t shock me if all five teams found their way into the postseason.

The Brooklyn Nets are the obvious favorites to win the Atlantic Division. They enter the season with the best big three in the NBA with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden.

Despite dealing with injuries last season, the Nets finished just one game behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Injuries are likely the only thing keeping the Nets from winning the division title.

Philadelphia is facing uncertainty this offseason with the impending trade of Ben Simmons.

Nonetheless, this team still has enough firepower to compete with the Nets. Joel Embiid nearly won MVP last season and should remain in the race this season.

Throughout the offseason, the Boston Celtics have been my favorite sleeper for various bets. Boston isn’t far off the team that advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2020.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are two of the best young players in the NBA. When it comes to underrated duos, they are at the top.

The New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors are fringe playoff contenders, but I can’t imagine either one of them challenging the top three teams for the division title.

I know everyone will go for the Nets, and they definitely have the best chance, but there’s an opportunity to make some money if the Nets deal with injuries.

Boston definitely has good value, and they could make some noise if they stay healthy this season. Just something to keep in mind as the season approaches.

Central Division

Milwaukee Bucks-900
Chicago Bulls+950
Indiana Pacers+1100
Detroit Pistons+15000
Cleveland Cavaliers+15000

Just about every division has at least two teams that can realistically compete for the division title. The Central Division is the one exception.

The Milwaukee Bucks open as massive favorites to win the Central Division at the top NBA betting sites.

Last time we saw Milwaukee, they were celebrating their first NBA Title in franchise history.

Their roster is nearly identical, with P.J. Tucker being the only major contributor they lost.

Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead the way with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday helping out the defending NBA Finals MVP.

Following four consecutive seasons without a playoff berth, the Chicago Bulls went to work on upgrading their roster.

Check out who they acquired via free agency.

  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Lonzo Ball
  • Alex Caruso

A lot of people have Chicago as a sleeper, but they aren’t on Milwaukee’s level.

As I mentioned with the Boston Celtics, the Indiana Pacers are one of my favorite sleepers for the 2021-22 season. The team replaced troubled head coach Nate Bjorkgren with Rick Carlisle. Many of their top players missed time with injury last season and will return this season.

The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers are building for the future. They each have some nice young pieces, but they won’t be competing for the division title.

It’s not hard to see why the Bucks have such low odds. They are the defending NBA Champion and should compete for the title once again. Meanwhile, no one else in the division is on their level.

However, one major injury to Milwaukee and they suddenly become vulnerable. That’s what you have to think about when placing these bets.

Milwaukee has the advantage but you never know what might happen.

Southeast Division

Miami Heat-115
Atlanta Hawks+135
Charlotte Hornets+1500
Washington Wizards+2500
Orlando Magic+15000

The Southeast Division is a race between two teams. Both the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks made the playoffs last season and should be contenders once again.

Miami walked away from this offseason as one of the most improved teams in the NBA. They acquired Kyle Lowry in a sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors. Lowry may not be the player he once was, but he is still an above-average point guard.

They also brought in P.J. Tucker in a very under-the-radar move. Tucker is coming off a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks and always brings the intensity on defense.

Atlanta came out of nowhere last season to advance all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. They have a young core that has what it takes to compete with Miami for the Southeast Division title.

Since 2010, both teams have dominated the Southeast Division.

  • Miami Heat: 7 division titles
  • Atlanta Hawks: 2 division titles

In that span, the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic each have a division title of their own.

Last season, both the Charlotte Hornets and Wizards made the play-in tournament. Both teams should be fringe playoff contenders but I can’t imagine they are on the same level as Miami or Atlanta.

Then, there is the Magic.

They always seem to hang around the bottom of the Eastern Conference. They traded their best player last season, so there’s a very small chance they challenge for the division title.

It’ll be interesting to see who wins the battle between Miami and Atlanta. Miami has coach of the year favorite Erik Spoelstra on the sidelines. Atlanta is looking to build off their 2020-21 success.

The Southeast Division should be competitive throughout the season.

Northwest Division

Utah Jazz-250
Denver Nuggets+320
Portland Trail Blazers+750
Minnesota Timberwolves+10000
Oklahoma City Thunder+50000
Donovan Mitchell

Now, we move on to the Western Conference. There is a lot more competition on this side, and it starts with the Northwest Division.

The Utah Jazz surprised everyone last season. They not only won the Northwest Division, but they also finished with the best record in the NBA.

Utah essentially returns their entire roster from last season and should be tough to beat with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert leading the way.

Perhaps the most underrated team over the past few years is the Denver Nuggets. Denver is a consistent championship threat but they never receive the respect they deserve.

They enter this season without one of their top players in Jamal Murray. Murray suffered a torn ACL in April and likely won’t be ready to return until the second half of the 2020-21 season. Last year’s MVP, Nikola Jokic, and Michael Porter Jr. will look to keep Denver in control without Murray.

Much of the news surrounding the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason has been about Damian Lillard. However, Lillard remains committed to the Trail Blazers and they should be contenders with him and CJ McCollum in the fold.

While the Minnesota Timberwolves are improving, they likely don’t have enough to compete for the division. They could contend for a playoff spot if they acquire Ben Simmons.

Lastly, we have the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are still in the middle of a rebuild and will continue to use the draft to build for the future.

Utah is the current favorite, but Denver and Portland have the ability to take them down. I think the three teams are close in terms of talent level.

This could be an opportunity to bet on the underdog and win some money.

Pacific Division

Los Angeles Lakers+105
Phoenix Suns+220
Golden State Warriors+425
Los Angeles Clippers+900
Sacramento Kings+15000

The Atlantic Division may be the deepest division, but the Pacific Division is by far the most competitive.

Following a flurry of offseason moves, the Los Angeles Lakers are back in position to win the Pacific Division.

They acquired Russell Westbrook to give them one of the best big threes in the NBA. They may have an old roster, but you can never count out a LeBron James led team.

Last season, the Phoenix Suns exceeded expectations and advanced all the way to the NBA Finals. Due to possibly overachieving, they could be among the top NBA Finals contenders who could disappoint.

I think the defending Pacific Division champs will regress this season. However, they still have enough talent to compete with the Lakers.

With Klay Thompson returning, the Golden State Warriors are a popular pick to win the NBA Finals. Golden State ran the Pacific Division in the mid-2010s. Check out the division champions since 2015.

  • Golden State Warriors: 5 division titles
  • Los Angeles Lakers: 1 division title
  • Phoenix Suns: 1 division title

The Warriors have their big three back this season and should compete for another division title.

In the 2021 playoffs, Kawhi Leonard went down with a torn ACL. There’s a good chance he misses the entire 2021-22 season. Because of that, the Los Angeles Clippers will have a tough time keeping up with the top three teams in the Pacific Division.

Does anyone think the Sacramento Kings will win their first division title since 2003? Okay, we can move on with that one.

I know division titles don’t mean much in the NBA, but the battle for the Pacific Division will be interesting to follow. The Lakers have the upper hand but there is plenty of value with the Suns and Warriors.

Southwest Division

Dallas Mavericks-250
Memphis Grizzlies+350
New Orleans Pelicans+650
San Antonio Spurs+4500
Houston Rockets+15000

With all the competition in the Western Conference, it’s surprising to see a division with such little competition.

The Dallas Mavericks enter the season as favorites to win the Southwest Division. Last season, Dallas won their first division title since the 2009-10 season.

Dallas has the talent to repeat, and it all starts with Luka Doncic.

He may be 22 years old, but Doncic is already a superstar in this league. He enters as the betting favorite to win the 2021-22 MVP.

There have been some trade rumors surrounding Kristaps Porzingis but it looks like he’ll stay put.

I believe the Memphis Grizzlies are an up-and-coming team, but they need a second star alongside Ja Morant. Until they acquire one, I don’t think they can compete with Dallas.

It’s weird that the New Orleans Pelicans aren’t a playoff contender. Check out how their two stars performed last season.

Stat Zion Williamson Brandon Ingram
Points 27.0 23.8
Rebounds 7.2 4.9
Assists 3.7 4.9
Field Goal Percentage 61.1 46.6

They lost Lonzo Ball this season but they have the talent to compete with a team like the Mavericks.

The San Antonio Spurs did make the play-in tournament last season but they lost their best player in DeMar DeRozan this offseason.

I like what the Houston Rockets did this offseason, especially in the NBA Draft. They could be a surprise contender in two years. Their rebuild will continue this season as they develop their young players.

I’m looking at this division the same way I’m looking at the Central Division. There is the obvious favorite but one big injury could change everything.

There is certainly value to have outside of the Mavericks.

Betting on the NBA Division Winners in 2021-22

We are going to see some intense NBA division battles this season. The Pacific Division should be fun to watch with four likely playoff teams battling it out for the number one spot.

In the Eastern Conference, I’m checking out the battle between the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat for the Southeast Division title.

The NBA season is quickly approaching. Make sure you’re ahead of the game by checking out some more betting articles.

Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

He enjoys rooting on D.C. sports teams, including the Commanders, Wizards, and Capitals.

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