Atlantic Division Odds

The New York Knicks won the NBA's Atlantic Division last season, but the sportsbooks have set the Brooklyn Nets as the favorites on that futures list for the 2013/14 season.

Last year the Knicks won the Atlantic Division title by five games over the Nets, but Brooklyn beefed up its lineup over the summer by acquiring All-Stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics.

That has Brooklyn sitting as the -200 favorite at Bovada to win the division crown this year, with New York at +175, and Boston well back at +3300; the Celtics ended up 12.5 games behind the Knicks in the division race last season.

The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers both ended up 20 games behind New York in the Atlantic Division standings last season. Toronto is at +1400 at Bovada to end up in first place in the division this year, with Philadelphia the longshot at +6600.

Odds to Win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division at Bovada

Brooklyn Nets -200
New York Knicks +175
Toronto Raptors +1400
Boston Celtics +3300
Philadelphia 76ers +6600

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On paper and according to the betting odds, the race for the Atlantic Division figures to be one of the tightest in the NBA.

The division’s top three teams were separated by just four games last season, and this year’s race may end up going right down to the wire as well.

Going off at +125 at TopBet, the Boston Celtics are the favorite to win the Atlantic Division. Even with the loss of Ray Allen, the Celtics are one of the Eastern Conference’s deepest teams; free agent acquisitions Courtney Lee and Jason Terry were huge, and Jared Sullinger could end up being the biggest steal in the 2012 draft.

Add that depth to the core of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, and the defending Atlantic Division champions are a valid betting favorite.

Jeremy Lin and his “Linsanity” are gone, but the New York Knicks (+200) still figure to be a major player in the Atlantic Division race. The talent is clearly there; Raymond Felton will play court general at point guard and have a talented trio of bigs to dish the ball to in Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler.

Chemistry and health has eluded this team since Anthony and Stoudemire’s arrival, but perhaps the third year will be the charm for this duo.

The Brooklyn Nets (+275) added all-star guard Joe Johnson to their talented trio of Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, and Brook Lopez this offseason in the hopes of kicking things off in Brooklyn with a bang. In New Jersey, the Nets were an abysmal 9-24 SU at home; that number should turn around in a big way with this talent and an excited new fan base.

The Philadelphia 76ers (+450) and the Toronto Raptors (+8000) are both undergoing rebuilds, but Philadelphia still has the talent to compete for a playoff spot with newcomers Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson leading the way. Toronto will be a work in progress, but rookies Terrence Ross and Jason Valanciunas should provide some excitement for the young team this season.