Our Top Sportsbooks

NL West Odds 2021: Two-Horse Race Between LA & SD

Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres have the best chance to challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers in NL West odds 2021.

Perennially the bridesmaid but never the bride, the Los Angeles Dodgers bucked their trend of disappointing playoff performances by finally getting over the hump and winning the World Series in 2020. 

The Dodgers overcame the Tampa Bay Rays in six games to win their first championship since 1988. Sportsbooks are clearly expecting L.A. to be a force once again, evident in its position as the World Series favorite to go back to back.

When it comes to NL West odds 2021, online sportsbook Bovada has tabbed the Dodgers as heavy -250 chalk to win the division. The San Diego Padres (+200), San Francisco Giants (+4000), Arizona Diamondbacks (+7000) and Colorado Rockies (+7500) round out the oddsboard.

The Dodgers’ -250 NL West odds mean that you would have to bet $100 to profit $40. Additionally, our sports betting calculator tells us that the Dodgers’ betting line represents an implied win probability of 71.4 percent.

NL West Odds 2021

Odds to Win the 2021 NL West 
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers-250-250
San Diego Padres+200+200
San Francisco Giants+4000+4000
Arizona Diamondbacks+7000+7000
Colorado Rockies+7500+7500

Odds as of March 30 at Bovada

See Odds Shark’s Best MLB Sites

New to betting on baseball? Be sure to check out our how to bet on MLB betting guide. Also, keep an eye on our MLB odds page for the latest up-to-date betting lines.

Los Angeles Dodgers (-250)

The Dodgers won the NL West for the eighth year in a row in 2020 and are in a prime position to make it nine. You won’t find any value in backing the Dodgers at their -250 price, but it’s easy to see why they’re ranked that high.

Los Angeles is a stunning 149-73 in its last 222 games and has a run differential of +409 over that span. The Dodgers’ stellar starting rotation got even stronger in the offseason with the addition of Trevor Bauer. Bauer, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias and David Price comprise the best rotation in baseball.

Mookie Betts’ championship pedigree showed last year, and the two-time World Series champion will headline an offense that also features potent bats in Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy. 

The Dodgers are the envy of many MLB teams due to their seemingly limitless payroll budget. L.A. is also flush with a wealth of prospects who can step in for injury relief in a pinch, and the front office is never scared of pulling the trigger on a trade to make the team better.

L.A. solidified itself as the team to beat in the NL last year, and until another team comes and takes the crown, the Dodgers are the No. 1 team in baseball entering the 2021 campaign.

San Diego Padres (+200)

The Padres have long been deemed the “little brother” to the Dodgers and Giants in the NL West, but San Diego has emerged as a legitimate threat in the division. 

The ceiling on star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. appears to be unlimited, as many MLB pundits already view the 22-year-old as the best player in baseball. Coupled with Manny Machado, the duo make for an incredibly tough one-two punch for any pitcher to combat.

San Diego made a massive splash in the winter for the second year in a row, bringing in quality starters Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove to bolster the starting rotation. Chris Paddack and Dinelson Lamet round out a suddenly dangerous starting corps.

The bullpen may have some shaky moments thanks to the absence of a true closer, as Drew Pomeranz, Emilio Pagan and Mark Melancon may end up sharing save opportunities.

The Dodgers are still the rightful kings in the NL West, but the gap between them and the No. 2 team in the division is shrinking thanks to the emergence of the Padres. At +200, San Diego is an incredibly attractive futures bet in NL West odds 2021.

San Francisco Giants (+4000)

The Giants’ history of playoff success is firmly in the rear-view mirror. San Francisco is in a strange period of a rebuild, as it’s not expected to be competitive but there are still plenty of aging veterans on the team.

Just take a look at the list of Giants players who can become free agents or are playing this season with a club option after the year: Johnny Cueto, Kevin Gausman, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Anthony DeSclafani, Aaron Sanchez, Wilmer Flores, Alex Wood and Donovan Solano.

Those 10 players combined represent over $112 million in salaries. San Francisco’s front office is likely already looking ahead to next year’s offseason when it can reshape its team with free-agent acquisitions and trades going forward.

In the meantime, an aging roster of players in decline are on deck, which means bettors would be wise to not even consider the Giants in 2021 NL West odds at +4000.

Arizona Diamondbacks (+7000)

The Diamondbacks are coming off an underwhelming 2020 season that saw them finish in the division basement at 25-35. As a result, the team cut payroll by $7 million and didn’t make any significant moves in free agency.

Instead, the D-backs will be banking on improvement from second baseman Ketel Marte and third baseman Eduardo Escobar. If they can step up their game and Kole Calhoun and Christian Walker add some home run pop, the Arizona offense could surprise many in 2021.

The starting rotation is just average in depth and quality, but it’s far from one of the worst units in the league. Zac Gallen is one of the best young pitchers in baseball, while Madison Bumgarner, Caleb Smith, Luke Weaver and Merrill Kelly join him in the top five.

Bumgarner’s five-year, $85-million contract he signed in 2020 will likely hamstring the Diamondbacks’ budget for the next few years, but this team is a long way from being competitive in the division. 

Colorado Rockies (+7500)

Rockies fans were rightfully upset with the organization in the offseason after it traded away all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Colorado’s inability to be a perennially competitive team in the division was a large reason for Arenado’s unhappiness, and it’s hard to see the Rockies improving any time soon.

Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story remain and will continue to rake in the hitter-friendly Coors Field, but there are simply too many holes throughout the rest of the roster for the Rockies to be viewed as anything but a cellar-dweller for the next few years.