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NBA Northwest Division Odds: Immense Value In Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are great value in NBA Northwest Division odds.

It may seem like the Utah Jazz have all but sealed the deal in the NBA Northwest Division odds but that is far from true, especially considering the fluid nature of rosters with health and safety protocols impacting teams across the board. Odds Shark breaks down the division odds market below along with suggestions. 

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According to the NBA Northwest Division odds at Betway, the Utah Jazz are massive favorites at -5000, followed by the Denver Nuggets (+1000), Portland Trail Blazers (+4000) and Minnesota Timberwolves (+4000). 

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NBA Northwest Division Odds

2021-22 NBA Northwest Division Odds
Utah Jazz-5000
Denver Nuggets+1000
Portland Trail Blazers+4000
Minnesota Timberwolves+4000
Oklahoma City Thunder+50000

Odds as of December 29 at Betway    

Favorites To Win The Northwest Division

There is only one real option in this category. 

Utah Jazz (-5000)

The Jazz have steamrolled their way to Christmas. In a year of uncertainty, they have displayed the one characteristic that will separate the best from the rest: consistency. As of December 29, the Jazz are 24-9 on the season, with four straight victories and a run of 12 wins in their last 14 games. 

Despite a tricky Christmas Day fixture, which they won 120-116 against a depleted Mavericks team, the Jazz will feel very optimistic about the ease with which they have dealt with fourth quarters this season. 

“Even with guys out, it’s what you ask for,” Donovan Mitchell said of the December 25 matchup against Dallas. “It’s extra emotion, extra drive, just one step below the playoffs. Everybody’s excited and locked in. To play on Christmas is special, it’s an honor and a blessing.” 

The Jazz have built their success around a stunning transition on offense. It wasn’t too many seasons ago that Utah was one of the slowest-moving teams in the NBA, methodically constructing possessions and going deep into the shot clock. That has changed dramatically to the point that the Jazz are now the league’s highest-scoring team, averaging 115.8 points per game. 

With Rudy Gobert a central cog in the paint, the Jazz average 47 rebounds per game, also the top mark in the NBA. These are not irrelevant metrics when it comes to analyzing the efficiency and success of a team. Cleaning up the boards and then transitioning quickly and efficiently has been the reason for the Jazz’s success this season. 

Value Picks To Win The Northwest Division

With the Jazz’s resurgence, does any other team really stand a chance? 

Denver Nuggets (+1000)

The Nuggets’ NBA Northwest Division odds may be as high as +1000, but that is not a fair reflection of how close this division could be if the NBA’s health and safety protocols impact one team more than others. 

The Nuggets have registered two successive single-possession victories in the final week of the year, including a 103-100 win against the Los Angeles Clippers, followed by one of their better results of the season, an 89-86 win against the Warriors on Tuesday. Those results were additionally important because they carried the Nuggets over .500 for the season. They’re now 17-16, seven games behind the Jazz. 

“I couldn’t be more proud of our guys,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after the win against Golden State. “I thought Will Barton, down the stretch, made a couple of big, big plays. Nikola having 18 rebounds, 22 points and making a key, key play down the stretch is why he’s a great player. You need those types of plays to pull out wins like this.”

Nikola Jokic has maintained his consistency this season on the heels of his 2020-21 MVP campaign. He leads the Nuggets in scoring (25.8 points per game), assists (7.1) and shooting percentage (55.9). 

Portland Trail Blazers (+4000)

Here come the real left-field options but their NBA Northwest Division odds are fairly lucrative. The Blazers have struggled with injuries this season, including the discernible absence of CJ McCollum. There was some heartening news, however, as the franchise announced that McCollum has fully healed after suffering a harrowing collapsed lung. 

There is also more fresh news of Blazers coach Chauncey Billups entering the health and safety protocols. Assistant coach Scott Brooks will serve as the head coach for about a week.

“We’ve got so many injuries, guys out, guys playing that aren’t fully healthy; we’re just trying to find our way, keep our heads above water,” Damian Lillard said. 

The Blazers are 13-20 for the season and have won just two of their last 11 games. With injuries and seven players in the NBA’s protocols, they don’t appear ready to contend for the division title. 

Minnesota Timberwolves (+4000)

The Timberwolves actually present a much more compelling case in Northwest Division odds when compared to Portland. That’s not only because of their slightly better record (16-18) but also because there is a much more imminent return to the court for some of their key players. 

However, they are still 8.5 games behind Utah and are middling in key metrics such as scoring (108.1 points per game, 15th in the NBA), rebounds (45.3, 15th) and assists (23.6, 14th). 

D’Angelo Russell recently entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, joining leading scorer Karl-Anthony Towns, Patrick Beverley, Anthony Edwards, Jarred Vanderbilt, Taurean Prince, Josh Okogie and McKinley Wright IV.
These are complications that could prove to be untenable in their quest for the top of the division standings. Even though it is a temporary setback, it could set them too far back from Utah. 

Betting Strategy

The Jazz seem like the easy choice but there is plenty of volatility to consider. Under normal circumstances, Utah would be the obvious team to back. However, COVID-19 is one giant variable that could bring some other teams back into contention. 

The Nuggets provide immense value at NBA Northwest Division odds of +1000. The first requisite is keeping their players fit, not just out of the health protocols but in terms of conditioning as well. 

Betting on the Jazz at this point does not make much sense because of the low return but the Nuggets could be a lucrative choice. 

Odds Shark will be back in January for an update to the NBA Northwest Division odds. We will return to keep you posted about further developments. 

How to Read NBA Northwest Division Odds

At basketball sportsbooks, you’ll see futures odds laid out this way:

Utah Jazz +150

Minnesota Timberwolves +5000

Unlike another betting style where there is a clear favorite represented by the minus sign (-), the team with the lowest odds is the frontrunner. The rest are considered to be underdogs.

Let’s say you’re loving the Jazz at +150, and you have $50 burning a hole in your pocket. A winning bet would get you a payout of $125 – your original $50 is returned along with your prize of $75. Or, perhaps you believe the T-Wolves are going to go on a scoring rampage and bet that same $50 on them at +5000. You’d get $2550 – your $50 comes back coupled with your winnings of $2500.

Use our Odds Calculator to see how much you’d win based on the odds offered and betting amount.

What is a Divisional Odds Futures Bet on the NBA?

Any bet that is made in advance of a big event is a futures bet. Although it can be argued that all sports bets are made prior to an event, futures are made weeks or months before the occasion occurs. In this case, the bet is on a team’s chances of winning the Northwest Division.

The oddsmakers create the lines before the season starts. However, the action will move as games are played, injuries happen and people are traded. If you see odds you like, take them early if you can. It’s better to grab a team at plus money (+) than minus money (-) to get excellent betting value should your bet win.