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The 2016-17 edition of the race for the NBA's Southeast Division is a virtual toss-up at this point, and that's translated to the betting window.

The Southeast is the only division in the Eastern Conference without a clear-cut front-runner, as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors are easily the most talented teams in the Central and Atlantic. At Sports Interaction, the Atlanta Hawks were listed as +135 favorites as of mid-January, with the Charlotte Hornets (+200), Washington Wizards (+220), Orlando Magic (+4000) and Miami Heat (+25000) also available to bet on.

At the time of writing, the Hawks topped the Southeast with a record of 24-17 while the Wizards (21-19), Hornets (20-21), Magic (17-26) and Heat (12-30) chased Atlanta.

With that in mind, I'm not sold on the Hawks. Atlanta recently traded sharpshooting veteran Kyle Korver to the Cavs, while it's only a matter of time before impending free agent Paul Millsap is shipped out of town as well. Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox realizes the current makeup of his team isn't good enough to compete with the Cavaliers, and a rebuild seems inevitable in Georgia.

The Wizards are trending in the right direction right now. In the wake of a disappointing 2015-16 season that saw them finish on the outside of the playoffs looking in, John Wall and company are starting to look like the contending team everyone expected them to be and have won seven of their last 10 games.

2016-17 NBA Southeast Division Odds
Atlanta Hawks+135
Charlotte Hornets+200
Washington Wizards+220
Orlando Magic+4000
Miami Heat+25000

Odds as of January 18 at Sports Interaction

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In terms of competitiveness in the NBA, it’s hard to top the Southeast Division. The 2016-17 campaign is proving to be a tight race once again, but two teams have separated themselves from the pack according to oddsmakers.

The Charlotte Hornets are -120 favorites to claim the Southeast at BetOnline, while the Atlanta Hawks are right behind them at +120. The Washington Wizards (+1400), Miami Heat (+3300) and Orlando Magic (+4000) are all long shots at this point.

As of November 30, Charlotte and Atlanta were tied for the division lead at 10-8. Atlanta had a red-hot start to the year, winning nine of its first 11 games, but has since gone 1-6. That’s caused sportsbooks to scramble and, subsequently, the Hawks’ odds to tumble in the matter of a week and a half.

I’ve been a big fan of the Hornets over the last few years, so it’s nice to see them finally getting the respect they deserve. Charlotte was tied with Miami for the third-best odds to win the Southeast prior to the start of the season – a questionable move considering the talent discrepancy between the squads.

The Wizards continue to be a puzzling team to figure out. Washington (6-10) hasn’t been able to rebound from an embarrassing 2015-16 campaign, and it’s pretty obvious why. The Wizards defense has been a problem for years, and is allowing opponents to shoot 46 percent from the field (fifth-worst in the league) and 37.7 from beyond the arc (fourth-worst).

With solid young players like John Wall and Bradley Beal steering the ship, something is simply not quite right in D.C, as this team is too good on paper to play this poorly. Time will tell if the Wizards can rebound from the slow start, but I wouldn’t advise touching their +1400 divisional price until they start showing they can play as a cohesive unit.

2016-17 NBA Southeast Division Odds
Charlotte Hornets-120
Atlanta Hawks+120
Washington Wizards+1400
Miami Heat+3300
Orlando Magic+4000

Odds as of November 30 at BetOnline

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The NBA’s Southeast Division always features one of the most competitive races in the league, and the battle for the title in the 2016-17 season will be no different.

Online sportsbook Bovada and their oddsmakers are expecting the Atlanta Hawks to recapture the crown this year.

Atlanta has been tabbed as +180 favorites at the shop, with the Washington Wizards (+300), Miami Heat (+350), Charlotte Hornets (+350) and Orlando Magic (+1600) also in the mix. That’s some great parity for a league that often gets criticized for its lack of it.

The Hawks are at a crossroads right now. Many experts believe their championship window has closed, and the loss of longtime big man Al Horford is going to sting. To replace Horford’s production, Dwight Howard was brought to Georgia, but Howard is clearly past his prime and his numbers have shown that in recent years.

Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Kyle Korver are still there, but this team doesn’t stick out as a must-bet anymore. That means it might be wise to consider other options.

Washington was a massive disappointment last season, as the Wizards finished on the outside looking in, missing the playoffs with a 41-41 record. Rumors have surfaced out of Wizards’ camp about conflicts between young guards Bradley Beal and John Wall, but this team is too talented to falter that badly again. The Wiz should be in the mix for the Southeast, so their +300 price looks fair.

Among Charlotte, Miami and Orlando, I greatly favor the Hornets. Charlotte came out of nowhere to put together a 48-win season in 2015-16 and grab the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, and I don’t see them regressing any time soon. The boys from Buzz City might be one of the best value bets in the NBA when it comes to divisional futures.

2016-17 NBA Southeast Division Odds
Atlanta Hawks+180
Washington Wizards+300
Miami Heat+350
Charlotte Hornets+350
Orlando Magic+1600

Odds as of October 26 at Bovada

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Entering the home stretch of the NBA season, there’s a clear frontrunner to win every division in the league except for one: the Southeast. The Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks are neck and neck for the lead, while the Charlotte Hornets are not far off.

As of March 9, Miami (37-26 SU) held a 1.5 game lead over Atlanta (36-28 SU). At online sportsbook 5Dimes, the Heat are -120 to win the division, while Atlanta is still available at an appealing price of +180. The Hornets (34-28 SU) are currently listed at +460 – some fantastic value for a team that’s still in the mix at this point.

When power forward Chris Bosh went down last month with recurring blood clot issues, many pundits around the Association expected the Heat’s season to go up in flames. But Miami has somehow thrived without its best player, winning eight of its last 10 without Bosh to jump into fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The signing of ex-Brooklyn Net Joe Johnson has helped jumpstart the franchise, as Johnson is averaging 14 points and 3.2 rebounds per game since he took his talents to South Beach at the end of February.

The Hawks are clearly not the same team that won 60 games last year, but they're still a formidable bunch. Atlanta is allowing a league-low 96.7 points per game since mid-January – the best mark in the league – and is starting to find its groove offensively after an up-and-down start to the campaign.

Charlotte’s chances to win the Southeast appear to be much slimmer, however, they’re streaking at the right time. Kemba Walker and company have won 10 of their past 12 to move into sixth place in the East. The Hornets’ focus on the three ball has rejuvenated the sagging franchise, with 31 percent of their total points on the year coming from beyond the arc.

At this point it’s tough to say who’s going to win the division, but one thing is for sure — it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. Who are you picking? Let us know in the comment section.

2015/16 NBA Southeast Division Odds

Odds as of March 9 at 5Dimes

  • Miami Heat -120
  • Atlanta Hawks +180
  • Charlotte Hornets +460
  • Washington Wizards +2000
  • Orlando Magic +15000

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With just five game separating first place from last place, the NBA’s Southeast Division is the tightest division in the NBA. Online sportsbook Bodog has the defending division champs, the Atlanta Hawks as slight favorites to win the division, listing them at +110. The Hawks have been at or near the top of the division for most of the season despite being the worst rebounding team in the NBA, averaging just 40.3 rebounds per game.

The Miami Heat are a hair behind the Hawks, listed at +120. With a healthy Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade back in the lineup, along with a resurgent supporting cast, the Heat look primed to make a deep playoff run.

The Orlando Magic have been a pleasant surprise this season, but have played poorly within the division, with just one win in six games vs divisional foes. The book has the Magic as +1000 longshots, but considering they were +4000 at the end of October, the team has made a big leap.

Rounding out the division, the disappointing Washington Wizards are +800, and the Charlotte Hornets are +1200. With Bradley Beal out until the end of the month for the Wiz, and Al Jefferson expected to be out for six more weeks for the team formerly known as the Bobcats, it’s unlikely that either team has the depth to make a run at the division crown.

2015/16 NBA Southeast Division Odds

Odds as of October 22 at Bovada

  • Atlanta Hawks +110
  • Miami Heat +120
  • Washington Wizards +800
  • Orlando Magic +1000
  • Charlotte Hornets +1200

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The NBA’s Southeast Division seems like a crapshoot this year, making it the most wide open race in the entire league according to many pundits. According to Bovada, oddsmakers aren’t quite sure what to expect either.

The Atlanta Hawks are coming off a phenomenal regular season last year, finishing with 60 wins and 22 losses which equates to the best mark in franchise history. The Hawks advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals but failed to put up much of a fight against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the form of a series sweep by the wine and gold.

Due to the belief that last season might have been an anomaly for the Hawks, the door appears to be wide open for the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards. On paper, Miami has a starting five that could likely go toe-to-toe with anyone as the club appears to have rebounded from the LeBron James departure much quicker than many expected.

The Washington Wizards boast a young, talented roster that looks to be on the verge of making some serious noise. But then again that’s been said about this team for the last few seasons, which means the load on John Wall and Bradley Beal’s shoulders will be heavier than ever if the Wiz are going to claim the Southeast this year.

Here’s a look at the shop’s full list of odds.

2015/16 NBA Southeast Division Odds

Odds as of October 22 at Bovada

  • Atlanta Hawks +140
  • Miami Heat +180
  • Washington Wizards +220
  • Charlotte Hornets +2500
  • Orlando Magic +4000

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Following up on their surprising playoff performance last season, knocking off the heavily favored Chicago Bulls in the first round before falling to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, the Washington Wizards open the season as +125 favorites at Bovada to finish this season atop the Southeast Division.

The Wizards finished fifth in the conference last season with a respectable 44 wins, their highest win total since 2005, and have added veterans Paul Pierce and Kris Humphries to complement a fast-improving young core led by all-star point guard John Wall.

The Wizards are closely trailed by the Miami Heat, who begin life without LeBron James with +300 odds at Bovada to win their fifth straight Southeast Division title. While Luol Deng was added in the off-season, and Dwyane Wade remains in the mix, this team now belongs to Chris Bosh, who must return to the leadership role he held in Toronto if Miami is to remain a championship contender.

The Charlotte Hornets, looking to build on a 43-win campaign, sit alongside the Heat at +300 in Southeast Division betting at Bovada. The Hornets added temperamental star Lance Stephenson from Indiana in the off-season, bolstering a strong defense that was the NBA’s sixth-best last season.

The Atlanta Hawks squeaked into the playoffs last spring with 38 wins and start the new campaign well back of the Southeast Division favorites, with odds of +600 at Bovada. The Orlando Magic, winners of just 23 games a year ago, sit as +5000 longshots.

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

Atlanta Hawks +600
Charlotte Hornets +300
Miami Heat +300
Orlando Magic +5000
Washington Wizards +125


The Miami Heat ran away with the NBA's Southeast Division title last season, and the sportsbooks have made them massive favorites to claim that crown once again this season.

At Bovada the Heat are huge -10000 favorites on the odds to win the NBA's Southeast Division this season, after they finished 22 games ahead of the second-place Atlanta Hawks in that race last season; Miami also ended up on top of the Eastern Conference standings.

The Washington Wizards, who were 37 games behind the Heat in the Southeast standings last year, are at +1200 to win the division this season, with the Hawks at +1400 on those NBA futures.

The Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic are then both at +20000 on the odds to win the Southeast Division at Bovada. Charlotte was 45 games back of Miami in the division standings last season, with Orlando 46 games behind the Heat.

Odds to Win 2014 NBA Southeast Division at Bovada

Miami Heat -10000
Washington Wizards +1200
Atlanta Hawks +1400
Charlotte Bobcats +20000
Orlando Magic +20000


No division race is more clear-cut than the one in the Southeast Division, home of the Miami Heat.

With two straight Eastern Conference titles under their belt, the defending NBA champion Heat are not only the team to beat in the Southeast Division, but in the entire league as well. The result is one-sided division odds at shops such as Bovada.

The scariest part for opposing teams (including division mates) is that Miami could be even better this season. The Heat kept their entire core together and added even more depth in veteran stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.

The new talent makes Miami more dangerous, but so does another year of chemistry; Miami reached the NBA Finals in 2010-11 mostly on talent, but looked like a much more cohesive unit with more defined roles in their championship run last season.

With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh leading a group of perfect-fit role players around them, Miami is deserving of its massive chalk line of -3500 to win the Southeast Division at TopBet. It would take a major collapse and a slew of injuries for this team to not finish on top.

Should that doomsday scenario take place, the Atlanta Hawks (+1500) are the team good enough to pick up the pieces. The Hawks retooled this offseason in shipping out their main offensive weapon Joe Johnson, but brought in Lou Williams to help lessen the offensive blow.

Al Horford, Josh Smith, and Jeff Teague make up a core talented enough to make the playoffs again as Atlanta has in each of the last five seasons.

By dishing Dwight Howard for prospects and journeyman veterans, the Magic (+4500) made it clear that they were ready to begin a new chapter in Orlando with a rebuild. They join the Washington Wizards (+5000) and the Charlotte Bobcats (+15000) who are both also in the early stages of full rebuilds.

Both teams hope they drafted their new franchise player in the 2012 NBA Draft, as Charlotte picked Michael Kidd-Gilchrist second overall and Washington took Bradley Beal third overall.

Can you blame the rest of the division for looking to the future when the present so clearly belongs to the Miami Heat?