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NBA Pacific Division Betting Odds: Clippers and Lakers Jousting for Top Spot

NBA Pacific Division Odds October 17, 2019

In what is viewed as the toughest division in the NBA, the Pacific Division will be one to follow all season and it’s the revamped Los Angeles Clippers who are the odds-on favorites to take the divisional crown.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Clippers as -140 faves to win the Pacific Division after the Golden State Warriors were at the top for five straight seasons. The next team on the list is the Los Angeles Lakers at +200, followed by the Warriors at +425, the Sacramento Kings at +5500 and the lowly Phoenix Suns at +25000.

Los Angeles Clippers -140

The Clippers may have had the splashiest offseason for a team since the Miami Heat in 2010 when they got LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The Clips have arguably two of the five best players in the NBA now in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and still have so much roster depth that will pay dividends for an 82-game season.

That being said, I don’t think this team was built with the regular season in mind. Kawhi will still likely be on load management for back-to-backs and George is likely to miss at least the first month of the season as he recovers from double shoulder surgery.

I’m not dismissing them to win the Pacific Division but with so much competition in the West, they need to get off to a hot start to stave off the Lakers, Warriors and Kings.

Los Angeles Lakers +200

The term “a house of cards” comes to mind with the Lakers because they’re so top-heavy in talent and if one top player gets hurt, the whole team collapses. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the best duo in the NBA but the injury concerns with Davis make it difficult to feel great about Los Angeles at +200.

LeBron will be heavily motivated to get a high playoff seed this season and the Lakers did add some nice pieces to complement his playing style. Danny Green, Jared Dudley, Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo are a decent supporting cast in comparison to the young guns the Lakers were rolling with last season.

They’re already dealing with injuries to Kyle Kuzma and Davis hurt his thumb in a preseason game. They’re the favorites to win the NBA Championship but I’m not sure winning the Pacific Division is a top priority as much as trying to just make it to the postseason.

Golden State Warriors +425

My sneaky pick to win the Western Conference and to win the Pacific Division, I’m very bullish on the Warriors to come back with a vengeance this season.

They still have the best shooter of all time in Stephen Curry and one of the best defensive players in the league with Draymond Green. Now, they’ve got a playmaker in D’Angelo Russell to shoulder some of the ballhandling duties and also some interesting bench pieces.

One of the knocks on the Warriors in recent years was their lack of roster depth. Well, the additions of Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein and Glenn Robinson are going to rejuvenate some of that sluggishness. Steve Kerr won’t have to do much to motivate a team that is seen as an underdog for the first time since the 2014-15 season. +425 is an excellent value.

Sacramento Kings +5500

A team that hasn’t won the Pacific Division since the 2002-03 season, it’s hard to envision a scenario where the Kings make the playoffs, let alone win the division.

That being said, the Kings are must-see TV for a basketball fan because their style of play is infectious. They push the ball and have shooters all through the roster but the knock on them is defense and the fact they don’t really play any.

The Kings were a bottom-five team in the NBA in points allowed per game last season and allowed the most opponent rebounds per game. They signed center Dewayne Dedmon to help curb that issue but he offers nearly nothing on the offensive end. The Kings are a fun team to root for and they may even make the playoffs but with the competition in this division, they’re outgunned.

Phoenix Suns +25000

Another season, another year wondering just what the hell the Phoenix Suns are doing. They needed point guard help so they signed a below-average shooter in Ricky Rubio from the Jazz and then drafted Ty Jerome from the Virginia Cavaliers. But when they drafted Cameron Johnson from UNC in the lottery, when he was barely projected to be a first-round pick, that’s what made me realize the Suns have no idea what they’re doing.

Phoenix will be at the bottom of the Western Conference again this season unless there is massive improvement by Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Booker can light up the scoreboard but the Suns have had to hide him on the defensive side of the ball.

After the all-star break, both Ayton and Booker’s numbers dropped across the board. The key additions for the Suns were Rubio and Dario Saric, who I think will help spread out the floor to give Ayton some room to work in the paint, but it won’t matter this season.

2019-20 NBA Pacific Division Odds
TeamOdds
LA Clippers-140
LA Lakers+200
Golden State Warriors+425
Sacramento Kings+5500
Phoenix Suns+25000

Odds as of October 17 at Bovada