We’re going to analyze NBA divisions futures and predict who will win every division. The 2023-24 NBA season will get underway in late October, but now is the ideal time to bet on NBA divisions futures.
Three of six NBA divisions have a favorite priced above -200 odds in NBA divisions futures.
NBA Divisions Futures Odds
First, let’s analyze the latest NBA divisions futures odds:
- Atlantic: BOS (-210) / PHI (+280) / NYK (+800) / BKN (+2500) / TOR (+3500)
- Central: MIL (-230) / CLE (+200) / CHI (+3000) / IND (+3500) / DET (+20000)
- Southeast: MIA (-185) / ATL (+215) / ORL (+900) / CHA (+3500) / WAS (+20000)
- Northwest: DEN (-475) / MIN (+700) / OKC (+800) / UTA (+5000) / POR (+15000)
- Pacific: PHO (+165) / GSW (+320) / LAL (+330) / LAC (+550) / SAC (+900)
- Southwest: DAL (+155) / MEM (+160) / NOP (+255) / HOU (+4000) / SAS (+5500)
The Nuggets are the biggest favorite in NBA divisions futures at -475 odds. The Celtics, Bucks and Heat are all odds-on to win their divisions during the 2023-24 NBA regular season. The Pacific and Southwest are expected to be the tightest NBA divisions futures races, with the Pacific being wide open.
Last season, the Kings won the Pacific, but they have the worst odds to win the division this season. Can the Kings upset the NBA divisions futures odds again? Last season, they were paying +25000 odds (Bet $1 to win $250) to win the Pacific division at the start of the 2022-23 NBA regular season.
NBA divisions futures preseason favorites ended up winning five of six divisions last season.
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NBA Divisions Futures Predictions
There isn’t a lot of value in NBA divisions futures. Favorites often end up winning, however, it’s possible to add NBA division winners predictions to a parlay bet to make the payout odds more enticing.
Here are my NBA divisions futures predictions:
- Denver Nuggets to Win the Northwest Division
The Nuggets went 53-29 (10-6 division record) and cruised to winning the Northwest. The Timberwolves were 11 games back. Nikola Jokic leads a deep Nuggets team that added Justin Holiday this offseason. Denver are nearly unstoppable at home (34-7 last season) and the competition in the division is weak.
I expect OKC to take another step forward. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a superstar and Chet Holmgren is healthy after missing his entire rookie season. You can bet on the Nuggets to finish first and Thunder to finish second in the Northwest at +155 odds in NBA divisions futures (straight forecast market).
Best Bet: Nuggets 1st + Thunder 2nd (+155 Odds)
- Milwaukee Bucks to Win the Central Division
Milwaukee won the Central Division and had the best record in the Eastern Conference (58-24). They had an 11-5 division record and 32-9 record at home. They improved SG depth by signing Malik Beasley, plus they were able to re-sign veterans Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez to run it back this season.
The only team that’ll remain somewhat close in the race to win the Central are the Cavaliers. Cleveland added depth to the roster this offseason to work with Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland. I expect the Bucks to win the Central for the sixth consecutive season and the Cavs will finish in second place again.
Best Bet: Bucks 1st + Cavaliers 2nd (-135 Odds)
- Boston Celtics to Win the Atlantic Division
Boston should cruise to a third consecutive Atlantic Division title. The Celtics went 57-25 last season and ended up three games ahead of the 76ers (54-28). Boston added Kristaps Porzingis to the mix, but will be without Marcus Smart. The Celtics could finish with the best regular season record this season.
The 76ers signed Patrick Beverley and Mo Bamba, but both of their superstars (James Harden and Joel Embiid) are disgruntled and team chemistry will struggle. The Knicks (47-35 last season) are sleepers in NBA divisions futures predictions, but they still have a long way to go before catching the Celtics.
With the uncertainty in Philadelphia, betting the Celtics is a safe investment.
Best Bet: Celtics to Win the Atlantic (-210 Odds)
- Miami Heat to Win the Southeast Division
Either the Heat (44-38 last season) or Hawks (41-41) will win the weak Southeast. My money is on Miami winning the division for the third straight season and tenth time in the last 14 seasons. Damian Lillard is still expected to be traded before the regular season and Miami could end up with the superstar.
Atlanta will need a huge season out of Trae Young and Clint Capela to compete. The team was forced to trade John Collins for salary relief and his production will be difficult to replace. Even without Lillard, the Heat have more depth to navigate an 82-game regular season with Jimmy Butler leading the way.
The Wizards, Magic and Hornets are all expected to finish well below .500 this season.
Best Bet: Heat 1st + Hawks 2nd (+130 Odds)
- Memphis Grizzlies to Win the Southwest Division
The Mavericks (38-44) are small favorites to win the Southwest despite finishing in third place last season and missing the NBA playoffs. Memphis (51-31) won the division, while the Pelicans (42-40) finished in second place. I’m backing the Grizzlies even though Ja Morant is suspended for 25 games.
Memphis had the best home record (35-6) in the NBA last season. Steven Adams was injured and played in only 42 regular season games. Adding Marcus Smart will help them deal with the Morant suspension and add some toughness. The Grizzlies were also an impressive 13-3 in division games last season.
I’m not sold on the Mavs with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving leading the charge. The Pelicans could upset the NBA divisions futures odds if Zion Williamson is able to play a full season. He played in 29 games last season, but was averaging 26.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 4.6 APG. Can Zion find a way to stay healthy?
Best Bets: Grizzlies to Win the Southwest (+160 Odds) / Grizzlies 1st + Pelicans 2nd (+475 Odds)
- Phoenix Suns to Win the Pacific Division
The Pacific is the most wide open division in the NBA. All five teams in the Pacific finished with a winning record last season. The Kings (48-34 last season) leaned on offense (120.2 PPG – 1st) to surprise almost everyone by winning the division. Phoenix (45-37 last season) finished second in the Pacific last season.
Phoenix made the biggest offseason move by trading for Bradley Beal. There’s no better starting lineup in the NBA than Beal, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant and Deandre Ayton. Depth could end up an issue, but there isn’t going to be much time to rest starters in a division as strong as the Pacific.
Best Bet: Suns to Win the Pacific (+165 Odds)
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NBA Divisions Futures Parlay Bet
As mentioned previously, you can parlay multiple NBA divisions futures bets together.
I’m going to parlay the Nuggets, Bucks and Celtics to all win their divisions this season. The parlay pays out at +156 odds. All three teams should run away with division titles.
Best Parlay Bet: Nuggets + Bucks + Celtics to Win Divisions (+156 Odds)
NBA Divisions Futures FAQ
What are NBA divisions futures?
NBA divisions futures allow basketball fans to bet on which team will win a specific division. The odds are released during the offseason and remain available throughout most of the regular season.
When should I bet on NBA divisions futures?
It’s recommended to bet on NBA divisions futures during the offseason to get the best value. The futures odds will move throughout the season based on team performance and injuries.
Which team has won the most NBA division titles all-time?
The Lakers have won the most division titles (34), while the Celtics are in second place (33).