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NBA Pacific Division Odds: Two-Team Race Out West

When it comes to betting the NBA’s Pacific Division, you essentially have two options: the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The biggest sportsbook in Sin City, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, has released divisional odds for 2016-17 and it’s no surprise to see which club is out in front. Good luck finding any value in backing the Warriors, though. The shop has tabbed Golden State as -4000 chalk to win the Pacific, meaning you have to risk $100 to win $2.50. It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see how it plays out.

That’s great news for Clippers backers. L.A. comes in at +700 – a fantastic number if you think Doc Rivers’ crew can topple their mighty Californian counterparts. The Clips won the division in 2013 and 2014, but the Warriors have stolen away the banner in each of the past two seasons.

What can sports bettors make of this? The price of -4000 is a staggeringly high number, even for the mighty Warriors. Adding superstar Kevin Durant to a roster that already included Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is downright terrifying, but oddsmakers are clearly trying to protect themselves in this regard.

As we saw in LeBron James’ first season in South Beach, super-teams don’t always start off on the right foot. It’s going to take some time for Durant to fit in with his new teammates, and all four of the aforementioned players will have to learn how to share the ball appropriately. I think the Warriors will once again claim the Pacific, but it won’t be by as wide a margin as the odds indicate.

The Sacramento Kings (+15000), Phoenix Suns (+25000) and Los Angeles Lakers (+50000) aren’t even on the radar at this point. Unless you’re a believer in the longest of long shots, stay away from these cellar-dwelling franchises this year.

2016-17 NBA Pacific Division Odds
Golden State Warriors-4000
Los Angeles Clippers+700
Sacramento Kings+15000
Phoenix Suns+25000
Los Angeles Lakers+50000

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How exciting is the NBA’s Pacific Division going to be this year? In the infamous words of ex-NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens: getcha popcorn ready.

The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers boast a pair of rosters the majority of general managers around the league could only dream about, but it’s the reigning champion Warriors who are tabbed as the favorite to capture the Pacific at Bovada. Los Angeles (+150) is not far behind, however.

To add more fuel to the fire, the Dubs and Clips really do not like each other. L.A. added the elder statesman of the NBA Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, and somehow managed to keep superstar big man DeAndre Jordan after a brief fling with the Dallas Mavericks in an offseason drama fit for a soap opera. Considering they already had Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the roster, this is a team that’s certainly worth watching as the year unfolds.

It’s looking like the book is expecting this division to be a two team race, as the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Lakers have some pretty long odds.

2015/16 Pacific Division Odds

Odds as of October 26 at Bovada

  • Golden State Warriors -220
  • Los Angeles Clippers +150
  • Phoenix Suns +5000
  • Sacramento Kings +5000
  • Los Angeles Lakers +6600

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Following a tumultuous spring and off-season that culminated in a change in team ownership, the Los Angeles Clippers open the NBA season at Bovada as -200 futures betting favorites to repeat as Pacific Division champs.

Despite being engulfed in off-court controversy, the Clippers posted 57 wins last season to capture their second straight division title but struggled in the playoffs, first against the Golden State Warriors, whom they needed seven games to beat in the first round, before falling to Oklahoma City in six games in the conference semi-finals.

But with the air free of controversy and arguably the NBA’s best tandem in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers are expected to be legitimate championship contenders.

The Warriors follow the Clippers in NBA futures odds at Bovada, pegged at a solid +220 to win their first Pacific Division title since 1976. Golden State won 51 games last season, their highest total in 20 years, and face high expectations come playoff time after bowing out to the Clippers in the first round last season.

Despite winning 48 games last season, the Phoenix Suns missed the playoffs last season for the fourth straight year and open the new season with +1200 odds of winning the Pacific.

The Suns are trailed by the Los Angeles Lakers, who will be without future hall-of-famer Steve Nash for the entire season, and sport +2500 odds, while the Sacramento Kings are pegged as +5000 longshots in futures betting at Bovada.

Odds to Win 2015 NBA Pacific Division at Bovada as of October 15

Golden State Warriors +220
Los Angeles Clippers -200
Los Angeles Lakers +2500
Phoenix Suns +1200
Sacramento Kings +5000


The Los Angeles Clippers are the favorites at the sportsbooks on the odds to win the NBA's Pacific Division this season, after they claimed that title by nine games over the Golden State Warriors last year.

The Clippers are sitting as the -250 favorites at Bovada to win the Pacific Division crown once again this year, with the Warriors second on those NBA futures at +180.

The Los Angeles Lakers, who ended up 11 games behind the Clippers in the Pacific standings last year and lost Dwight Howard in the offseason, are at +1000 on the odds to win that division.

The Sacramento Kings (+10000) and Phoenix Suns (+20000) are the longshots on the Pacific Division odds heading into the season. Sacramento finished 28 games behind the Clippers in the division standings last year, with Phoenix 31 games back of the leader.

Odds to Win 2014 NBA Pacific Division at Bovada

Los Angeles Clippers -250
Golden State Warriors +180
Los Angeles Lakers +1000
Sacramento Kings +10000
Phoenix Suns +20000


No matter how you slice it, the Pacific Division title will be decided in Los Angeles this season. Will it be the star-studded Lakers that come out on top or the up-and-coming Clippers?

With a starting five of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers make a pretty clear-cut favorite to not only win the Pacific Division but to win the Western Conference as well. The Lakers are currently going off at -400 at TopBet to win the Pacific.

The only real question with this team is its health. Bryant, Howard, and Nash have all dealt with their share of dings in recent years, and the Lakers’ main priority is going to be being healthy for the playoffs as opposed to being the regular season’s top team.

If everyone stays healthy and on the court, the division title is a virtual lock; but health concerns leave the door open just a tiny crack.

If any team is going to press the Lakers for the Pacific Title, it will be their fellow team at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers (+275 to win the Pacific Division). The Clippers looked good enough to beat anyone when they were healthy in 2011-12, but their depth issues became apparent when Chauncey Billups went down with an injury early in the year.

As a result, the Clippers went out and solidified their bench with a handful of signings including Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, and Lamar Odom. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul should keep the team rolling until Billups’ expected return in January where the Clippers could really start picking up steam.

The Golden State Warriors (+5000), Phoenix Suns (+6000) and Sacramento Kings (+8000) are all quite a ways away from being ready to compete with the big boys in LA. All three have some exciting young talent to build around though, especially in Sacramento’s front court of DeMarcus Cousins and Thomas Robinson.

The Clippers might be able to press, but the reality is that the Lakers should be good enough to win on most nights even if one of their “Big Three” is out with an injury. Barring a complete inability to gel (unlikely with Steve Nash running things), the Lakers should run away with it.