How To Handicap The NBAs Southeast Division And Future Odds


Divisional Odds Season Win Total

Miami Heat (-125) 42.5

Orlando Magic (+200) 41.5

Atlanta Hawks (+700) 34.5

Washington Wizards (+1600) 27.5

Charlotte Hornets (+2500) 23.5

Miami’s Division To Lose

Before Jimmy Butler went to Miami, this division was looking a lot worse. However, Miami has established themselves as favorites to win the division by a hefty margin.

However, with a Butler-led team, things can get a little dicey at times, so I don’t think they are a lock by any means.

Miami has $138 million payroll and that alone gives them a hefty advantage over some of the other teams in their division that are either rebuilding, in smaller markets, or both.

The Heat also have a ton of low-key talent next to Butler. When healthy, Justise Winslow is a dynamic player who can and has played point guard for the Heat. Add in Bam Adebayo holding it down in the paint and guys like Goran Dragic, James Johnson, and Dion Waiters, and you have a roster that could definitely win this division.

However, as their season win total shows, there isn’t much room for error. The field is not very good, but there are a few teams that could surprise people either ATS, or potentially in these very future odds.

The Field

We can write off the Hornets after losing Kemba Walker, because they may be the worst team in the NBA next season. The Wizards will probably be out of contention assuming John Wall misses the entire season with his Achilles injury.

However, the Magic are no joke as they proved last season by making the playoffs over the injury-riddled Heat, and I’m not ready to write off the Hawks just yet, despite what appears to be the sportsbooks already doing so.

Orlando re-signed Nikola Vucevic and along with sophomore center Mo Bamba, they could be very good in the paint once again. Aaron Gordon is turning into a bigger star with every passing season and if Markelle Fultz can fix his shot and make a leap after a disastrous first season in the NBA, the Magic are probably the play here.

I really like the Hawks, but I think John Collins and Trae Young are still a year away from competing for the playoffs and the division. I could be wrong on that though, but right now, I like the Magic to turn around Fultz and finally have their starting point guard of the future.

Even if Fultz isn’t ready to be a starter, D.J. Augustin is still a serviceable point guard for this team. At 2/1, they are a slight value right now for the division.