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NBA Atlantic Division Betting Odds: Sixers Aim For First Division Crown since 2001

NBA Atlantic Division Betting Odds December 7 2019

Arguably the best division in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the Atlantic Division has three potential playoff teams that can win it but it’s the Philadelphia 76ers who are the odds-on fave to be the last team standing and take the division crown.

The Sixers were the preseason fave at -160 to win the Atlantic Division for the first time since 2000-01 season when Allen Iverson was at the peak of his powers and crossing-up dudes. Now, they’ve moved down to -105 at the quarter mark of the regular season according to online sportsbook, Bovada.

That’s because the division is so competitive and teams like the Boston Celtics (+200) and Toronto Raptors (+325) are proving to be much better than anticipated and can’t be considered afterthoughts to finish at the top.

The Brooklyn Nets (+2200) started off strong but an injury to Kyrie Irving possibly has them struggling to even make the playoffs while the New York Knicks are showing everyone how NOT to run a basketball franchise. The Knicks (+100000) are 4-18 SU through 22 games and as of this writing, have the worst record in the NBA.

Why The Sixers Remain The Favorite

Oddsmakers have the Philadelphia 76ers as the favorite to win the Atlantic Division mainly because of overall talent and defensive capabilities. They have the two best centers in the East with Joel Embiid and Al Horford and their starting five may be the best on paper so sportsbooks are envisioning this group getting their act together as the season progresses.

However, the expected dominance by the Sixers has been slow to catch on mainly because of the unfamiliarity of the roster. The offense hasn’t improved much as they’re averaging nearly six points fewer than last season while their defense has remained stout and ranks fifth in opponent points per game (104.4).

The Sixers are only 1.5-games back of the division lead so there’s plenty of time for them to get back in a groove. But if Philly doesn’t make strides on the offensive end to keep pace with the run-and-gun style of the NBA, it may be exploited. The Sixers rank 27th in the NBA in three-point attempts per game (29.5) and are only shooting 36.2 percent from behind the arc. That’s an archaic style of basketball considering the Rockets are averaging 46.4 attempts per game (ranked first).

Celtics Or Raptors, Who Ya Got?

I still think the Sixers will end up having the best record in the Atlantic Division and take the divisional crown. BUT, a lot can happen from now until April and the two teams behind the 76ers, Boston and Toronto, are worthy adversaries.

The Celtics started off the season red-hot winning 10 of their first 12 games and currently lead the division at 16-5 SU through 21 games. The impact of Kemba Walker has stabilized this group of talent collected by Danny Ainge. The team may not have the upside of last year’s squad without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford but you can’t underestimate team chemistry.

Walker is averaging 21.8 points per game and is one of three Boston players that is averaging 20 points or more this season. Not to mention that Gordon Hayward (18.6 points per game) has been out with a wrist injury and is expected back at the start of 2020 which makes Boston very dangerous to dismiss.

Speaking of dismissal, let’s not just write-off the Toronto Raptors. The reigning NBA Champions are off to a fantastic start at 15-6 SU in 21 games and the main reason has been the development of Pascal Siakam. Pascal has upped every one of his statistics this season while keeping this team afloat when it had injury issues with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka (20 games missed combined).

Head coach Nick Nurse deserves a lot of credit for taking this Raptors roster and adjusting the playing style to his personnel. They’re seventh in the NBA in three-point attempts while ranking second in three-point percentage. The emergence of Fred VanVleet into a starring role along with the championship confidence of the group, you can’t reject Toronto’s chances of winning the division again.

I'd side with the Raptors at +325 if I had to choose between Boston and Toronto at this stage mainly because of the value and the fact that Toronto is showing they can still be successful without the presence of Kawhi Leonard.

2019-20 NBA Atlantic Division Odds
TeamOdds
Philadelphia 76ers-105
Boston Celtics+200
Toronto Raptors+325
Brooklyn Nets+2200
New York Knicks+100000

Odds as of December 7 at Bovada


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:

Philadelphia 76ers -180

Boston Celtics +500

Let’s say you’re on board with Philly at -180 and you bet $65. You’d get a payout of $101.11 – your original money is returned along with your gain of $36.11. Or, you’re loving the Celts at +500. That same $65 would get you $390 – your $65 comes back coupled with your winnings of $325. 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.