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Odds For Every NBA Team To Make The 2019-20 Playoffs

NBA Odds To Make Playoffs October 7, 2019 Luka Doncic

The NBA feels as wide open as it’s ever been for the 2019-20 season with 30 teams gunning for the Larry O’Brien Trophy but in order to win the NBA championship, they have to make the playoffs first.

Oddsmakers have looked at each team and determined that the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks are the biggest favorites to make the postseason while the Phoenix Suns are the least likely. 

Each team’s odds to make the playoffs is listed below and is courtesy of BetOnline. There are a few teams that could be worth investing in to either exceed expectations and go to the postseason or tumble in the standings and out of contention.

Here are my three favorite picks:

Atlanta Hawks to MAKE the Playoffs


I’m very bullish on the Hawks this season and I loved the moves they made to improve their roster. Atlanta added my two favorite swingmen in the draft in De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, while picking up Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe for additional backcourt depth.

But this prop all comes down to Trae Young, who scored 20 or more points in 28 of 33 games after the all-star break. Young is the engine that makes the Hawks go and I think since he’s figured out the game speed of the NBA, he’s become a poor man’s Stephen Curry.

If Young can cut down on the turnovers (fourth in the league last season at 3.8 per game) and Atlanta gets better defense from the frontcourt in John Collins and Alex Len, the Hawks will be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit Pistons to MISS the Playoffs


I took the Pistons to miss the playoffs last season mainly because I was dubious of the prospects of Blake Griffin playing more than 60 games in a season, since he hadn’t played more than that for three years in a row due to injury. I’m going back to the well on this one because while the injury didn’t happen during the regular season, it came just before the playoffs and pretty much sank the Pistons against the Bucks.

The Pistons rely far too much on Griffin to initiate their offense and they didn’t really add anyone to complement his skill set. Detroit still lacks guard depth and adding Derrick Rose will not be enough to push them over the hump.

The Pistons squeaked into the playoffs last year as an 8 seed but were one of the worst offenses in the league. The Heat and Hawks are two teams I expect to jump back into the postseason and the Pistons will be one of the odd teams out.

Sacramento Kings to MAKE the Playoffs


This is the only pick that I think entails some risk because the Western Conference is so stacked and teams like the Lakers and Mavericks are expected to be back in the playoff hunt. But I’m buying what the Kings are selling and they’ve improved year over year with their talent.

De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley are going to be an excellent duo this season as Fox was a leading candidate for Most Improved Player in 2019 and is a blur in the open court. Bagley suffered some minor bumps and bruises in his first year in the NBA but when he was on the floor, he put up decent numbers (14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds in 62 games) and was a headache for opposing big men because of his ability to run the floor.

The Kings missed the playoffs by nine games last year but were ninth in the West. If they can get more consistency from their young guns and get off to a fast start in the standings, I love their chances to make the postseason for the first time since 2006.

That being said, if you don’t like the Kings, I would also consider the Mavs at +190 to make it instead of Sacramento.

All odds courtesy of BetOnline

Atlanta Hawks
  • Yes +220
  • No -260
Boston Celtics
  • Yes -660
  • No +500
Brooklyn Nets
  • Yes -250
  • No +210
Charlotte Hornets
  • Yes +800
  • No -1250
Chicago Bulls
  • Yes +230
  • No -270
Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Yes +700
  • No -1000
Dallas Mavericks
  • Yes +190
  • No -230
Denver Nuggets
  • Yes -800
  • No +600
Detroit Pistons
  • Yes +125
  • No -145
Golden State Warriors
  • Yes -350
  • No +290
Houston Rockets
  • Yes -675
  • No +525
Indiana Pacers
  • Yes -550
  • No +425
Los Angeles Clippers
  • Yes -1500
  • No +1000
Los Angeles Lakers
  • Yes -400
  • No +320
Memphis Grizzlies
  • Yes +800
  • No -1250
Miami Heat
  • Yes -280
  • No +240
Milwaukee Bucks
  • Yes -1500
  • No +1000
Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Yes +400
  • No -500
New Orleans Pelicans
  • Yes +210
  • No -250
New York Knicks
  • Yes +500
  • No -650
Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Yes +450
  • No -600
Orlando Magic
  • Yes -200
  • No +170
Philadelphia 76ers
  • Yes -1250
  • No +800
Phoenix Suns
  • Yes +1000
  • No -1500
Portland Trail Blazers
  • Yes -200
  • No +170
Sacramento Kings
  • Yes +250
  • No -300
San Antonio Spurs
  • Yes +165
  • No -190
Toronto Raptors
  • Yes -400
  • No +320
Utah Jazz
  • Yes -800
  • No +600
Washington Wizards
  • Yes +450
  • No -600

Understanding NBA Odds to Make the Playoffs

When you visit any basketball betting site, you’ll see a team’s playoff odds laid out like this:

Charlotte Hornets

Yes +700

No -1000

In this case, the Hornets have a 12.50% chance of making the playoffs and a 90.91% chance of not making an appearance. Keep in mind that the sportsbook takes a cut of every bet. This is called the vig or the juice and you can’t avoid it unfortunately. However, you could still get value on your bets if you win – more on that below.

A bet on No at -1000 would get you $110 – your original money is returned coupled with your prize of $10. On the other hand, if you think they will go on a tear for the rest of the season and turn their sinking ship around, that same $100 on Yes at +700 would give you a payout of $800 – your $100 comes back along with your winnings of $700.

To find out what you’d win based on the odds and amount you bet, check out our Odds Calculator.

What is a Prop Bet on NBA Playoff Odds?

A prop is a bet on the occurrence or nonoccurrence of specific team or player milestones that don’t always correlate to the result of a particular game. Here, the prop is on a team to make or not make the playoffs.

When oddsmakers create the lines, they are subject to change. As the season goes on, the odds will shift to reflect how a team is doing. We suggest taking odds you like as soon as you see them. As we mentioned above, in order to get great betting value should your bet win, you want to get a team at plus (+) money if you can before they move into minus (-) territory.