NBA Futures: Pacific Division Odds
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.