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NBA Northwest Division Odds: Jazz, Nuggets Set to Duke it Out

NBA Northwest Division Odds

The Northwest was the most competitive division in the NBA last season, and according to odds lists, things are shaping up for the division to once again produce multiple playoff teams in the 2019-20 campaign.

At Bovada, the Utah Jazz are the early +120 front-runners to win the banner, with the Denver Nuggets (+130), Portland Trail Blazers (+400), Minnesota Timberwolves (+10000) and Oklahoma City Thunder (+15000) behind them.

Here’s a breakdown of how each team is looking prior to the campaign:

Utah Jazz +120

Following a series loss to Houston in the 2018-19 playoffs, the Jazz decided enough was enough and revamped the roster in the offseason. Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green and Emmanuel Mudiay were brought in to give the Jazz a facelift and offer support for Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles.

The NBA is wide open right now for the first time in years, and while the vast majority of media attention has been centered around the L.A. Clippers and Lakers in the Western Conference, the Jazz are flying under the radar right now. A bet on them to win the Northwest at +120 could provide dividends when all is said and done.

Denver Nuggets +130

The Nuggets experienced a breakthrough season a year ago and finished the regular season with a 54-28 record – good enough for second in the West. Denver produced an underwhelming postseason after that, but management decided to stay the course and return most of a roster that features Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic, Will Barton, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley and Monte Morris.

Still, the Nuggets feel like a team that’s one piece away from being a true contender. The NBA is a superstar-driven league and Denver got exposed as a team without a true star player in the playoffs. With a litany of expiring contracts after the season, the Nuggets should be in win-now mode and could greatly benefit from a deal that would give the roster a boost. Regardless, the Nugs will be good enough to challenge the Jazz for the top spot in the Northwest.

Portland Trail Blazers +400

Portland has earned the West’s No. 3 seed two years in a row and made the conference finals last year without the services of Jusuf Nurkic, but the 2019-20 edition of the Trail Blazers will be an interesting one due to the makeup of the roster. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum remain one of the most lethal backcourts in the NBA, but the Blazers have three new starters and question marks surrounding the bench. Given how good the Nuggets and Jazz are looking, the Trail Blazers have their hands full to claim the Northwest this season.

Minnesota Timberwolves +10000

Karl-Anthony Towns is the straw that stirs the drink in Minnesota, yet the Timberwolves simply don’t have enough talent around him to make them legitimate contenders in the stacked Western Conference. With $47 million in cap space committed to Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Jeff Teague this season, Minnesota was forced to opt for value deals in the offseason to patch up its beleaguered bench. The T-Wolves likely won’t be in the mix for the division in 2019-20, so stay away from them in your Northwest futures bets.

Oklahoma City Thunder +15000

It’s full-on rebuild time in OKC. The Thunder shipped off Paul George and Russell Westbrook in the offseason and received a total of eight first-round picks in return along with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Whether he wants to be there or not, Chris Paul is a member of the Thunder now and Steven Adams remains to be a dominant presence inside. But Oklahoma City projects to be a bottom-feeder in the Western Conference and the +15000 price reflects that.

2019-20 NBA Northwest Division Odds
Utah Jazz+120
Denver Nuggets+130
Portland Trail Blazers+400
Minnesota Timberwolves+10000
Oklahoma City Thunder+15000

Odds as of October 18 at Bovada

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.