It’s time to start breaking down the NBA divisional future betting odds. There are some nice NBA Odds from Bovada right now, and I have more than a few you need toad to your NBA Picks.
Oklahoma City Thunder (-300)
Despite the injury to Kevin Durant, which will likely keep him out until the month of December, the Thunder are still heavily favored to walk away with the Northwest Division. Although they really didn’t add much this offseason, they didn’t lose much either. With the emergence of some of their young guys this and last season, the Thunder may finally be able to return to the NBA Finals, however they are not a lock to win the division, and that’s why I think they are slightly overvalued at -300.
Portland Blazers (+250)
If any team can challenge the Thunder for this division, it’s the Blazers. Portland lost Mo Williams in free agency, but they added Chris Kaman and Steve Blake, and Blake is an upgrade from the aging Williams. Along with an already deep bench and starting five, this team may be one of he deeper teams in the West. They proved last season (until they got wasted by the champs in the second round) that they can hang with almost anyone in the postseason, and if the Thunder struggle out of the gate, the Blazers may have good NBA Odds value.
Denver Nuggets (+1400)
The Nuggets are one of those teams out West that will definitely be competing for a playoff spot, however winning the division would be a stretch. They get Danilo Gallinari back this season after his ACL injury that kept him out last season, and they also get back Aaron Afflalo to add to their deep cash of wing players. This makes them another deep team of the Northwest division, however health and consistency may be an issue for the Nuggets. Look for them to be competitive, but not too great.
Minnesota Timberwolves (+5000)
The Wolves are starting their long recovery from the Kevin Love years, and even though the Wolves still have playoff aspirations, I doubt they’ll be good enough to do so in the West. If they were in the East, their lineup of Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, Anthony Bennett and Nikola Pekovic might be a playoff contender. However in the West, they are probably the 10th seed at best. Don’t waste your NBA Picks on them this season, but if they can grow as a team, they might compete next season.
Utah Jazz (+5000 at Bet365)
The Jazz round out the bottom of the Northwest Division this season, and even with the great play of Trey Burke this season, Dante Exum hasn’t looked that great. This is a young team led by Gordon Hayward, who is a #2 scorer in the league at best. Rodney Hood should be a good player eventually, and Alec Burks might be in for a breakout season, but their frontcourt is still not great outside of Derrick Favors. This will ultimately limit them to being a lottery team yet again, and they are likely the worst team in this division.