Betting NBA futures at your favorite online sportsbook tend to gravitate around winning each conference and the NBA Championship. To cash a winner, you need to figure out which team will step of their game the highest in the playoffs.
Another option on the board at most of the top-rated online sportsbooks is betting individual division title races.
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The division futures bet has nothing to do with the postseason since these titles are won by the team with the best record over the 82-game regular season. Picking the correct division winner becomes a bit easier based on the current results.
The Milwaukee Bucks are the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference with 43 wins in their first 50 games. They already have a 12-game lead in the Central Division so that race is over.
The surprising Miami Heat are leading the way in the Southeast Division standings with a 34-15 record in 49 games. Their lead stands at 12.5 games, so they should also walk away with that division title.
The one division race in the Eastern Conference that could come down to the wire is the Atlantic. Right now that is a three-team affair separated by 5.5 games.
Betting The Atlantic Division Title
The frontrunner in this race is the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors.
At 36-14 in 50 games, they are in first place by a game and a half. Despite the strong play heading into the final 32 games, Toronto has longer +175 odds to win the division.
The best odds to win the Atlantic at +160 go to the Boston Celtics.
Their record through 49 games is 34-15. Boston could be the most balanced team in this division to add value to this number.
The 76ers Are the Division's Wildcard
The wildcard in the trio is the Philadelphia 76ers at +175 odds.
The 76ers are currently 5.5 games off the pace at 31-20 in 50 games. The inconsistency in this team’s play from night to night make them hard to figure out. Yet, from a pure talent basis they are the best of the three.
Odds are also posted for the Brooklyn Nets (+10000) and even the New York Knicks (+200000), but they are each way out of the running.
Common sense probably dictates a play on Boston as the slight favorite in this race. The Celtics’ total team approach to winning games is working like a charm.
Led by Kemba Walker’s team-high 22 points per game, they have solid depth throughout the starting lineup and deep into the bench. Also in Boston’s favor is a defensive effort that is ranked second in the NBA in points allowed (105.5).
Toronto is red hot right now with a 14-game winning streak. The Raptors are holding down the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference standings behind Milwaukee. You cannot call this unexpected level of success smoke and mirrors, especially on their current run. Yet, you do have to question the Raptors’ ability to play at such a high level over their next 32 games.
If the 76ers can figure out how to win games on the road, they would be the top play on this three-team list.
They have been almost unbeatable at home this season with 23 wins in 25 games. This compares to a dismal 9-19 record on the road. Look for Philly to pick up the pace over its next 29 games but it probably will not be enough to close the gap with the Celtics.
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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.