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2020 NBA Division Winner Predictions and Updated Odds

2020 NBA Division Winner Futures(-) @ -(-)

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  • When: January 23, 2020 1:00 pm EST
  • Moneyline:

    Atlantic Division Odds: Boston Celtics (+125), Philadelphia 76ers (+180), Toronto Raptors (+200), Brooklyn Nets (+25000) and New York Knicks (+250000)

    Central Division Odds: Milwaukee Bucks (-100000), Indiana Pacers (+4000), Detroit Pistons (+150000), Chicago Bulls (+250000) and Cleveland Cavaliers (+250000)

    Northwest Division Odds: Utah Jazz (-125), Denver Nuggets (+120), Oklahoma City Thunder (+1200), Portland Trail Blazers (+25000) and Minnesota Timberwolves (+100000)

    Pacific Division Odds: Los Angeles Lakers (-350), Los Angeles Clippers (+220), Phoenix Suns (+100000), Sacramento Kings (+150000) and Golden State Warriors (+250000)

    Southeast Division Odds: Miami Heat (-50000), Orlando Magic (+2000), Charlotte Hornets (+25000), Washington Wizards (+40000) and Atlanta Hawks (+75000)

    Southwest Division Odds: Houston Rockets (-200), Dallas Mavericks (+125), Memphis Grizzlies (+6600), San Antonio Spurs (+10000) and New Orleans Pelicans (+25000)

We’re just over halfway through the NBA regular season, but it’s only beginning to heat up.

In fact, the #1 draft pick Zion Williamson only made his NBA debut last night for the Pelicans, as he underwent knee surgery prior to the start of the season. He’ll likely play sparingly this season.

Williamson only played 18 minutes (22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists) in his debut, but the future looks bright for the Pelicans, although they’re unlikely to make the NBA playoffs in 2020.

NBA futures betting is available year-round and not just the preseason.

Now that we’ve had several months to watch the NBA and see how teams look, I want to share my division winner predictions. Four of the six divisions in the NBA are still highly contested.

Before getting into my NBA division winner future bets, here’s an update on my preseason futures.

Read my 2020 NBA Finals and Conference Winner Futures Picks published during the preseason.

If you don’t have the time, I bet on the Bucks and Nuggets to win the 2020 NBA Championship and to win their respective conferences (East/West), which isn’t looking too bad.

The Milwaukee Bucks are first in the East and have a 7.5-game lead on the Miami Heat.

The Denver Nuggets are fourth in the West, but only 5-games back of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Predicting the Winner of Every NBA Division in 2020

I’m not going to bother covering the Central or Southeast divisions, as there’s no value.

The Bucks and Heat are running away with their respective divisions already. Both have a 10+ game lead on the next closest team and there’s no reason to believe either team will blow their big lead.

However, the remaining four divisions are still up in the air and present great betting opportunities.

Raptors Atlantic Division WinnerMy best value bet in the NBA division futures market is Toronto.

The Raptors (30-14) have a ½-game lead on the Celtics (29-14) and a 2-game lead on the 76ers (29-17) in the Atlantic. Despite leading the division, the Raptors are priced third in the market.

The Celtics (+125) and 76ers (+180) are priced lower than the Raptors, which I don’t understand.

Throughout the first-half of the regular season, the Raptors dealt with a multitude of injuries with Pascal Siakiam, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol, Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet all missing extended time. However, all of those players are now healthy and back in the line-up.

Toronto rank 2nd in the division in scoring (111.9 PPG), 1st in 3-pointers made (13.5), 1st in 3P% (37.4%), 2nd in rebounding (46 RPG), 2nd in assists (25.5 APG) and 3rd in points allowed (105.9 PPG).

The Raptors have surprised everyone up to this point. If they can remain healthy down the stretch, they’ll have a great chance to win the Atlantic and you can beat the price at 2/1 odds.

I thought about doubling down on the Nuggets (+120), but I’ll let my two preseason futures ride out and pick up some action on Utah to claim the crown in the Northwest.

Utah (31-13) have a 1-game lead on the Nuggets (30-14), but these teams are trending in opposite directions and I expect the Jazz to be able to build a comfortable lead over the next month.

The Jazz are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. They’re on an incredible 18-2 run.

Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring (24.7 PPG), which ranks him #14 in the NBA. I’ve also been impressed with Bojan Bogdanovic (21.1 PPG) and Rudy Gobert (15.6 PPG and 14.5 RPG).

The reason I’m losing faith in the Nuggets is because of injuries. Gary Harris remains sidelined, but he’s expected back soon, however, there’s no timetable on Jamal Murray or Paul Millsap.

Lakers Pacific Division WinnerI won’t spend much time on the Pacific division. If you don’t mind locking up some of your bankroll for the next few months, the Lakers have a great shot to lock up the Pacific.

Alternatively, you could bet on the Lakers (+175) to win the Western Conference at a better price.

The Lakers (35-9) have a 4.5-game lead on the Clippers (31-14). The only way I could conceivably see the Clippers overtake the Lakers in the division is if LeBron James or Anthony Davis get injured.

Davis (26.6 PPG – #8 in the NBA) and James (25.1 PPG – #12 in the NBA) can’t get hurt, as the Lakers lack depth. The next highest scorer on the team is Kyle Kuzma (13.1 PPG).

If they remain healthy, they should hang onto the Pacific, as the Clippers are banged up.

Paul George can’t seem to stay healthy this season and Kawhi Leonard is being load managed.

The Southwest is being contested by the Houston Rockets (27-16) and Mavericks (27-16).

Despite both teams being tied, the Rockets are priced at -200 to win the division. I’m definitely going with the value on the Mavs, as they’ve been playing much better basketball as of late.

Houston have lost five of their last seven games. James Harden leads the NBA in scoring (36.6 PPG), but he also leads the league in minutes played (37.1 MPG), which is a concern.

Russell Westbrook also ranks in the top 10 in minutes played (35.5 MPG) in the NBA this season.

As the season progresses, I expect the two big stars on the Rockets to slow down.

While the Rockets may still regress a bit, I expect the Mavs to perform better in the second-half of the regular season. Luka Doncic (29.1 PPG, 9.7 RPG and 9.0 APG) is nearly averaging a triple-double.

The Mavs do need Kristaps Porzingis to step up now that he’s back from his injury. They also need to find some help at center after Dwight Powell went down with an injury this week.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

Scott is one of the original degenerates working for MobileSportsBetting.com. Although he's most successful betting on NFL football and international soccer, he's also active in UFC and NHL hockey betting.

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