2020/21 NBA Division Futures Odds and Predictions

2020/21 NBA Division Futures Odds and Predictions

The NBA worked through a shortened season this year with “bubble” style play due to COVID-19 restrictions with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the Championship over the Miami Heat. Now the NBA has announced that the upcoming season will be shortened slightly to allow for any needed changes.

But, one thing has not changed – The LA Lakers are one of the favorites to win the upcoming 2020-2021 season. The NBA is shooting for an opening day round of games on Tuesday, December 22, and the Lakers are favored to win their division but oddsmakers seem to think that the LA Clippers will give them another fight according to BetOnline.


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One of the first games on the NBA schedule is a match-up between the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors. That means it’s time to mark your calendars as Kevin Durant, now with the Nets, will be facing off against his old team! Here’s how things break down by NBA Division - starting with the Christmas Week opening games.


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Opening Night Tuesday, December 22

Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets (7 p.m. ET, TNT)

LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET, TNT)

Wednesday, December 23

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET, TNT)

Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns ( 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Friday, December 25: Christmas Day

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat (12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics (5:00 p.m. ET, ABC)

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (8:00 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN)

LA Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)


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2020-21 NBA Division Futures Odds

Here are the Division futures for the NBA 2020-2021 season. As can be expected, both the Lakers and the Heat are favorites to win their respected Division signaling a possible repeat of last season's Championship series. Track NBA division standings all season long.

NBA Atlantic Division Futures Predictions

Brooklyn Nets +175

Boston Celtics +250

Philadelphia 76ers +350

Toronto Raptors +350

New York Knicks +15000

The Atlantic Division has two perennial favorites in the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics. Both teams have retained a solid base lineup. The Nets have brought in Kevin Durant, mentioned above, and are favored slightly at +175 to +250. But. They should also be considered as a favorite to win the Championship as well. More on that in a future article. The “hidden in plain sight” secret is that The Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors are both close behind at +350. These two teams could take advantage of any stumbles by the Nets or Celtics in a slightly shortened season.

NBA Central Division Futures Predictions

Milwaukee Bucks -3300

Indiana Pacers +1000

Chicago Bulls +5000

Detroit Pistons +8000

Cleveland Cavaliers +10000

Look for the Milwaukee Bucks (-3300) to be as strong as ever as they return a ton of talent. They should cruise through the Central Division with ease barring any injuries. Even then, it would take a Herculean effort for the Indiana Pacers (+1000) to stay close to them. The Bucks will take on the Boston Celtics on day two of the upcoming NBA season.


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NBA Northwest Division Futures Predictions

Denver Nuggets +100

Utah Jazz +210

Portland Trail Blazers +325

Minnesota Timberwolves +2500

Oklahoma City Thunder +8000

The Northwest Division could be the toss-up Division in the NBA. Yes, the Denver Nuggets (+100) are favored with a returning strong lineup following last season's run and playoff appearance. That being said, the Utah Jazz (+210) and the Portland Trail Blazers (+325) have strong enough rosters to trip up the Nuggets.

NBA Pacific Division Futures Predictions

Los Angeles Lakers -125

LA Clippers +150

Golden State Warriors +1200

Phoenix Suns +1400

Sacramento Kings +10000

The Lakers and the Clippers will be one of the two opening day games on December 22. That’s a division match-up that could have an instant impact on who wins the Pacific Division. The Lakers are favorites to win the Pacific Division and as well one of the teams to battle for the Championship. The Lakers roster includes LeBron James and Anthony Davis of course, and they’ve added to their roster center Marc Gasol, Montrezl Harrell, and guard Dennis Schröder.


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NBA Southeast Division Futures Predictions

Miami Heat -275

Atlanta Hawks +500

Washington Wizards +900

Orlando Magic +1400

Charlotte Hornets +2500

Some are counting out the Miami Heat (-275) on being able to continue their success from last season's appearance in the NBA Championship game. I’m not sure why. They plowed through the Indiana Paces in the first round and then did the same to the Bucks. They have not changed that much, roster-wise, heading into the upcoming year. The Heat will take on the New Orleans Pelicans on day three of the NBA’s opening week. It could give us a good idea if the Heat returns with the same form as last season.

NBA Southwest Division Futures Predictions

Dallas Mavericks -180

Houston Rockets +350

New Orleans Pelicans +750

Memphis Grizzlies +1100

San Antonio Spurs +2500

The Dallas Mavericks (-180) have used the shortened off-season to continue their rebuild while keeping the working parts of their roster intact. Gone is Seth Curry, but they’ve landed Tyrell Terry (Stanford) during the draft. Hopes are that Terry’s success at Stanford shooting deep replaces some of Curry’s numbers. One note about the Southwest, I think the Pelicans (+750) could be a surprise team this season. Their roster now includes Zion Williamson, Steven Adams, Lonzo Ball, Eric Bledsoe, and an improved bench.