NBA Southeast Division Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
Winning divisions in the NBA doesn’t mean a whole lot anymore. It isn’t like they are going to be awarded a top three seed in the east or the west. It is based off of winning percentage, but winning the division in the NBA I guess is still nice after all.
At the moment, the SouthEast Division in the NBA is one of the more interesting divisions in the NBA. The current standings are: 1. Atlanta Hawks (29-25), 2. Miami Heat (28-25), 3. Charlotte Hornets (27-25), 4. Washington Wizards (20-33), and 5. Orlando Magic (17-37).
Atlanta, Miami, and Charlotte would all be in the NBA Playoffs if the season ended today. As for Washington and Orlando, they would be out of the NBA Playoffs if the season ended today. The Wizards (+16000 odds) and the Magic (+25000 odds) are long shots to win the SouthEast Division and it isn’t worth wasting time on mentioning.
With that in mind, what are the odds for the other three teams in the SouthEast Division, via FanDuel Sportsbook to win that division?
Miami Heat -150
The Miami Heat are the favorites for this division despite the race being so close. They must feel like the talent of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo pulls away from the rest of the crew.
Butler is the heartbeat of the Miami Heat. He has changed the culture overnight for them and is one of the reasons why they made it all the way to the NBA Finals last season.
Erik Spolestra is one of the best head coaches in the NBA. Duncan Robinson, Victor Oladipo, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, Goran Dragic, and Trevor Ariza are some of the other key role players on Miami’s roster.
They are very good on the defensive end of the floor, but can they score enough points to win games night in and night out? That remains to be seen, but they are very talented in the NBA.
Atlanta Hawks +140
Just a little but over a month ago, they weren’t even going to sniff the playoffs. The Atlanta Hawks are a different basketball team because of head coach Nate McMillan. Atlanta fired Lloyd Pierce last month and it has turned out for the better for them.
Trae Young is one of the best young point guards in the NBA. Bogdan Bogdanovic is one of the best free agent signings they did this past offseason. Kevin Huerter, D’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Clint Capela, and Solomon Hill are some of the key young players on Atlanta’s roster.
I don’t think they are going to win the division because they don’t play enough defense. Atlanta is very talented offensively. It remains to be seen what kind of team they are going to be in the long run, but the Hawks wouldn’t be a bad bet to win the SouthEast Division this season.
Charlotte Hornets +1000
The Charlotte Hornets future looks bright, but they would be a bad bet to win the SouthEast Division right now because they have key players injured. Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball are both out for them, but Charlotte is in good hands moving forward with Ball.
LaMelo Ball was the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. I thought the Charlotte Hornets were going to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, but owner Michael Jordan deserves a ton of credit.
James Borrego is the head coach for the Charlotte Hornets. He has done well in his first season. Charlotte will be a tough out in the NBA Playoffs.
They have some other key pieces for the immediate future. They are: Malik Monk, Jalen McDaniels, P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges, Terry Rozier, and Devonte Graham. The drafting is finally coming through for Jordan’s squad and maybe they will be a threat in the Eastern Conference sooner rather than later, but not just yet here as well in the NBA.
The order that FanDuel Sportsbook has the SouthEast Division is the same exact order I would bet it on with the Miami Heat first, the Atlanta Hawks second, and the Charlotte Hornets third.
Who would you bet on to win the SouthEast Division via FanDuel Sportsbook? Leave a comment below.
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