Who Will Win the NBA Divisions?
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The 2017/18 NBA season gets underway on October 17 and, as teams work through their pre-season campaigns, predictions surrounding who will rise to the top this season have already begun. The six divisional champions are always great to look at and, although a couple of the divisions look to be one-sided, there will be some great battles in the other four.
Betting on the NBA is beginning to hot up too as we edge closer to the start of the season. Many people will be backing their own predictions and a great way to help with that is to take advantage of the odds and free bet offers that are out there. We don't have much longer to wait, so make sure you finalize your picks soon; here are some ideas to help you out:
The Golden State Warriors (-10000) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (-127) will surely win the Pacific Division and Central Division respectively. Those two look like they could repeat last seasonís feat when they met in the final of the NBA playoffs.
Elsewhere, though, things look a lot closer. The team to emerge from the pack and challenge the big two looks likely to be the Boston Celtics, who won the Eastern Conference last season, before losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Final. The Celtics look set to win the Atlantic Division again (-500), with the Toronto Raptors looking like their only realistic challengers.
The Northwest Division looks set to be a great three-way battle between the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets. That rules out last seasonís surprise winners the Utah Jazz (3000), who look unlikely to repeat that without star player Gordon Hayward, who strengthens an already impressive Boston Celtics team.
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Another division that looks set for a great three-way battle is the Southeast Division, where the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, and Charlotte Hornets will all fight it out. The Wizards (-110) look to be in pole position after winning the division last season and, after signing John Wall to a huge contract extension in the summer, they will want him to lead them to another success.
The final division to preview is the Southwest Division, which looks to be a shootout between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs, just as it was last season. The Spurs (120) held the upper hand last season, winning the division and knocking the Rockets out of the playoffs at the Conference Semi-Final stage, and there is no reason to think any different will happen this season.
October 17 is not too far away, the excitement is building, and a lot of the NBA divisions look to be very competitive this season. The talking will stop shortly when the players hit the court to square off against each other.