The NBA season is just days away, and the NBA Odds for divisional futures will be closing soon. Here at SBR, we are previewing every division’s future odds, and I’ll give you my favorite NBA Picks. All of these odds are from Bovada sportsbook.
Toronto Raptors (-140)
The Raptors walked away with the Atlantic Division crown last season, and outside of the Bulls and Cavaliers, the Raptors may be the third best team in the East. Their defense is great, and DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are still two of the more elite guard combos in the NBA. However their NBA odds this offseason are a little overvalued. While they do seem to be better than the Nets and Knicks, the two teams right behind them in the NBA odds, Toronto is still clearly not a lock to win the division this season. If healthy, the Nets are going to be a very good team this season, and last year they only finished four games back of Toronto. For your NBA picks, make sure you don’t chase last year’s NBA odds.
Brooklyn Nets (+300)
If the Nets can put it all together this season, they are going to be tough to beat. Even though they lost Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston, they grabbed Jarrett Jack to help offset the loss of offense. If Brook Lopez is healthy and Kevin Garnett is at least a solid role player, this team has upside. Along with their veterans, emerging big man Mason Plumlee should not be overlooked. He made Team USA for a reason, and he will play huge minutes for this team in 2014-2015. It may be the Nets year to turn elite.
New York Knicks (+300)
The Knicks were a disappointment last season, but they did get better this offseason, and should be somewhere in the lower half of the playoff picture in the East. Bringing back Carmelo was the main story, however now under the direction of Phil Jackson, they traded away Tyson Chandler for Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and Samuel Dalembert, a good haul for the aging center. They also brought in Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy, making this Knicks team deeper and more defensive minded than they have been in a long time. While it may not be this year, this team has the chance to retake the crown of this division in the future.
Boston Celtics (+3300)
After the big three in this division, there is a steep drop off until you get to the Celtics. Still in the midst of a long rebuild, the Celtics have some great young players, but they are only great in talent right now. I expect Rajon Rondo to play well, however there are going to be trade rumors swirling all season. Jared Sullinger is poised for a breakout season too, but after those two and a sprinkle of Avery Bradley, this team doesn’t have much. They will be below .500, and just outside of the playoff picture.
Philadelphia Sixers (+10000)
The Sixers’ biggest victory for this upcoming season happened a few days ago, when the owners voted to not change the draft lottery any time soon. Other than that, this team doesn’t have much going for them. Nerlens Noel will finally get his chance to show his stuff against the big boys, and I expect him to be a good player for Philadelphia this season. However two of his counterparts, Michael Carter-Williams and Joel Embiid are both going to miss some time to start the season. The Sixers are playing for about three to four years from now.