The NBA opened the season in a serious state of flux with several teams deeply impacted by the health and safety protocols. Now that many players are back and playing, has that affected the NBA Atlantic Division odds in any way? Odds Shark breaks down the market along with a betting strategy for picking the division title winner below.
According to the NBA Atlantic Division odds at Betway, the Brooklyn Nets (-125) are slight favorites to win the division title while the Philadelphia 76ers (+100), Toronto Raptors (+2800), Boston Celtics (+2800) and New York Knicks (+8000) conclude the division’s odds.
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Odds To Win The NBA Atlantic Division
|New York Knicks||+8000|
Odds as of February 3 at Betway
Favorites To Win The Atlantic Division
There is one distinct favorite in the NBA Atlantic Division odds.
Brooklyn Nets (-125)
The Nets appeared to have full control of this division but after six straight losses, they find themselves two games back of the division-leading Philadelphia 76ers. Four of the losses during that skid have come by double digits, which is awfully concerning.
Another major concern is the Nets defense, which has allowed 118.2 points per game during the losing streak. If the Nets have any hopes of winning this division and making a championship run, they are certainly going to have to clean up that side of the ball.
After an 11-point loss to the Sacramento Kings on February 2, James Harden asserted that “there’s no concern.” Well, there should be, given the way this team is playing defense. The Nets have all the talent in the world, so there is no concern from that perspective. But this team needs to pick up the intensity and work better as a team if it wants to win a championship.
From an offensive standpoint, Brooklyn has managed 111.6 points per game, seventh in the NBA, along with 25.4 assists per night, eighth in the league.
If the Nets do not find their way out of this funk soon, they will be in a tough spot when the playoffs come around. Their odds have shot down from -700 to -125 since December.
Value Picks To Win The Atlantic Division
There aren’t too many strong value options but with the uncertainty around COVID-19, you simply never know.
Philadelphia 76ers (+100)
The Sixers have been awful in three major comparison metrics: points scored (105.7 per game, 20th in the NBA), assists (23.1 per game, 20th in the NBA) and rebounds (42.3 per game, tied for 29th in the league). Still, they have stayed fairly consistent to move to 31-20 on the season.
The 76ers were also hit hard by the health and safety protocols earlier on. Andre Drummond, Danny Green and Shake Milton remained out for several games.
“That’s sports right now,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Be prepared. Be ready. I always think it’s the other guys, the guys who are there who aren’t sick, who can play, the more prepared they are, the easier they make it for the newcomers.”
Joel Embiid was the best player in the NBA in the month of January. He averaged a ridiculous 34 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 14 games. The 76ers as a team went 12-3 in the month to jump to first in the division.
There are a lot of things going on for the Nets as they continue a horrible stretch of basketball. The 76ers are playing much better than Brooklyn so it may not be a bad call to take the Sixers to bring this division home.
In terms of strategy, there isn’t much here to detail. This season, it seems, will come down to depth of reserves and the ability of back-end management to pull in players that can do a job effectively.
On that basis, the Nets seem to have the most depth among the teams in this division. While they have the lowest NBA Atlantic Division odds, there is a high likelihood that they maintain this form despite not having their stars. That makes them more than just plausible winners of this division and as such the best option to multiply your investment by a low multiple.
Odds Shark will be back soon for an update to the NBA Atlantic Division odds. There could be plenty of changes to this market within weeks, so stay tuned for more information.
How To Read NBA Atlantic Division Odds
The great thing about sportsbooks is that they generally list futures odds in the same way. You’ll see odds that look something like this:
Brooklyn Nets -125
Philadelphia 76ers +100
Let’s say you’re on board with Brooklyn at -125 and you bet $100. You’d get a payout of $180 – your original money is returned along with your gain of $80. Or, you’re loving the 76ers at +100. That same $100 would get you $200 – your $100 comes back coupled with your winnings of $100. Our Odds Calculator will show you what you’d get based on the odds offered and amount you bet.
What Is An NBA Divisional Futures Bet?
A futures bet is a wager made on events that will happen in time, often weeks or months in advance. In this case, the bet is on a team’s chances of winning their NBA division.
Oddsmakers create the lines before the season starts, but they are not etched in stone. Basketball betting action will change as games are played and the standings shift to accommodate surging or failing teams. If you can take a team with plus money (+) you’ll get better betting value if you win your bets than if you take them at minus money (-). However, don’t bet blindly. Keep it locked to this page and we’ll update the odds as they become available.
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