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Odds for Every NBA Team To Make the 2018-19 Playoffs

NBA Team Playoff Odds - 2018-19 Season

Tipoff for the 2018-19 NBA regular season is almost here with 30 teams all gunning for the Larry O’Brien Trophy but in order to win it, they have to get to the playoffs first. Oddsmakers have tabbed the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets as the biggest favorites to make the postseason while the lowly Sacramento Kings are the least likely.

Each team’s odds to make the postseason are below but there are some teams listed that could be worth investing in to either exceed expectations or tumble in the standings.

Here are my three favorite picks to make:

Dallas Mavericks to Make the Playoffs

Odds at +500

I’m not going to say that rookie Luka Doncic will come in and transform this team into a championship contender but his skills on the offensive side of the ball should help the 28th-ranked offense at least move to the middle of the pack. The Mavericks went all-in when they acquired Doncic at the 2018 draft by giving up their 2019 first-round pick, and they also signed DeAndre Jordan to be their starting center.

Owner Mark Cuban’s win-now mentality could also lead to the Mavs making roster improvements during the season so the value at +500 is worth a gamble considering teams like the T-Wolves and Trail Blazers are expected to regress.

Detroit Pistons Not to Make the Playoffs

Odds at +155

One hundred and fifty-two games. That’s how many man-games the Pistons lost last season due to injury from their whole roster with franchise anchors Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson combining for just over 60 of them. On paper, this team has talent but when your stars can’t stay on the floor, you have no chance to win, even in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit ranked 22nd in points per game (103.8) and while the Pistons’ defense ranked in the top 10, they’re still limited by their frontcourt as Andre Drummond and Griffin are poor free-throw shooters, which means that teams can go small-ball on them. The East obviously isn’t great but I don’t think Griffin or Jackson can stay healthy for more than 60 games, which makes the +155 decent value.

San Antonio Spurs To Make The Playoffs

Odds at -135

This prop feels like free money considering the Spurs won 47 games last season and their best player, Kawhi Leonard, only played nine games. Now, they’ve removed the Kawhi drama from the franchise and injected another proven all-star in DeMar DeRozan, who has improved every year he’s been in the NBA and will play with the best coach in the league in Gregg Popovich. When you factor in that the Spurs have not missed the playoffs since the 1996-97 season and were one of the best defensive teams in the league last year, I have no problem dropping units on the Spurs infrastructure.

Golden State Warriors to Make The Playoffs

Odds at -10000

Just kidding, but if you’ve got an extra $10,000 lying around and want to make an easy $100, this is the wager for you!

All odds courtesy of Bovada

Atlanta Hawks
  • Yes +1000
  • No -2500
Boston Celtics
  • Yes -5000
  • No +2000
Brooklyn Nets
  • Yes +250
  • No -325
Charlotte Hornets
  • Yes +105
  • No -135
Chicago Bulls
  • Yes +350
  • No -500
Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Yes +275
  • No -350
Dallas Mavericks
  • Yes +500
  • No -800
Denver Nuggets
  • Yes -300
  • No +240
Detroit Pistons
  • Yes -190
  • No +155
Golden State Warriors
  • Yes -10000
  • No +2500
Houston Rockets
  • Yes -5000
  • No +2000
Indiana Pacers
  • Yes -1000
  • No +600
Los Angeles Clippers
  • Yes +400
  • No -600
Los Angeles Lakers
  • Yes -350
  • No +275
Memphis Grizzlies
  • Yes +450
  • No -650
Miami Heat
  • Yes N/A
  • No N/A
Milwaukee Bucks
  • Yes -1000
  • No +600
Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Yes N/A
  • No N/A
New Orleans Pelicans
  • Yes -190
  • No +155
New York Knicks
  • Yes +575
  • No -950
Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Yes -850
  • No +525
Orlando Magic
  • Yes +400
  • No -600
Philadelphia 76ers
  • Yes -3000
  • No +1500
Phoenix Suns
  • Yes +900
  • No -1800
Portland Trail Blazers
  • Yes -105
  • No -125
Sacramento Kings
  • Yes +1500
  • No -3000
San Antonio Spurs
  • Yes -135
  • No +105
Toronto Raptors
  • Yes -3000
  • No +1500
Utah Jazz
  • Yes -600
  • No +400
Washington Wizards
  • Yes -1000
  • No +600