Northwest Division Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder aren't expected to have Russell Westbrook in their lineup for the first month of the regular season, but they're still the favorites on the odds to win the NBA's Northwest Division this year.
The Thunder are the -400 favorites at Bovada on the Northwest Division odds after they claimed that crown by three games over the Denver Nuggets last season. The Nuggets are the second-favorites on this year's list at +550.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are then at +1000 on the odds to win the Northwest Division at Bovada, with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz both pegged at +1800 odds.
Utah ended up in third place in the Northwest Division standings last season, finishing 17 games behind Kevin Durant and the Thunder. The Trail Blazers were 27 games out of first place, with the Timberwolves 29 games back of the leader.
Odds to Win 2014 NBA Northwest Division at Bovada
Oklahoma City Thunder -400
Denver Nuggets +550
Minnesota Timberwolves +1000
Portland Trail Blazers +1800
Utah Jazz +1800
The only team entering the 2012-13 season as a bigger favorite to take down its division than the Oklahoma City Thunder is the Miami Heat.
After winning the Northwest Division by a comfortable nine games last season, Oklahoma City is a -1200 favorite at BetOnline to take the division crown once again.
The Thunder haven’t given bettors any reason not to expect another dominant regular season. Their quiet offseason has many basketball fans and bettors putting the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the Thunder as favorites for the NBA Title, but those are about the only two teams you could make a case for.
The defending Western Conference Champions are clearly in the NBA’s elite top tier.
Kevin Durant has won three straight scoring titles and Russell Westbrook and James Harden are two of the best in the game at their respective roles as well. With a chip on their shoulder after falling just short in the NBA Finals last year, expect the young Thunder to be a team on a mission here in 2012-13.
Speaking of offense, the Denver Nuggets (+800 to win the Northwest Division) had plenty of it last year as the league’s top scoring team averaging 104.1 points per game. The addition of Andre Iguodala should help the Nuggets on the defensive side of the court, and with Ty Lawson leading the way the offense should flourish again this season.
Denver will almost certainly be a playoff team and is good enough to make some noise if everything clicks.
The Minnesota Timberwolves (+3000) can’t buy a break. The additions of Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko this offseason had Minnesota creating some preseason buzz, but with Ricky Rubio already on the shelf with an injury the Timberwolves lost Kevin Love for 6-8 weeks with a broken hand.
When healthy, this team actually has the pieces to compete, but staying afloat in the West with Rubio and Love out will be a tall task.
The Utah Jazz (+2500) and Portland Trail Blazers (+3000) are both looking to the future in the midst of rebuilds. Regardless of the talent on the court, never count out Utah.