The NBA Central Division is one featuring plenty of tradition, from the dynasty of the Chicago Bulls to the success that the Milwaukee Bucks have had. All year long, we will keep our eye on the futures betting odds for this division, to help bettors make their NBA predictions when betting on the action in the Central. Be sure to check back often for updated thoughts on each team and the latest odds.
NBA Central Division Odds
It was an impressive year for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, as they made a huge leap in the Eastern Conference. They finished fourth in the East, with Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland turning into an elite guard duo for the Cavs. This year, the Cavs are in first place in the Central Division and have moved ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks as the favorites to finish in first this year. There is still time for things to be decided in the Central, but this has been a great start for Cleveland.
The Milwaukee Bucks are in second place in the Central Division standings this season. Trading for Damian Lillard has made the Bucks incredibly dangerous offensively, even if their defense is not quite as stout as it was when they had Jrue Holiday. The Bucks have made a coaching change this season, ditching Adrian Griffin and bringing in Doc Rivers. But that move has not paid dividends just yet.
It has been such a fun start to the year for the Indiana Pacers. They made the final of the first-ever NBA In-Season Tournament, while Tyrese Haliburton has emerged as a star in this league. While the Pacers are not expected to remain a contender in the Central, thanks to their dismal defense, their pace and offensive ability will make them a must-watch team throughout this season. This team could very well end up in the playoffs if they continue to play the way they have.
The Chicago Bulls are running it back this season with the group that was so disappointing a season ago. The trio of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic are clearly not good enough to lead a team to a deep playoff run, but the Bulls are trying again anyway. They are off to a fine yet unimpressive start to this season, with a spot in the play-in tournament being well within reach, though that is the ceiling for this group.
The Detroit Pistons’ goal going into this past season was to tank, and they did a masterful job of it. But this year might be an even better tank job from the Pistons, as they already have a 28-game losing streak under their belt in 2023 and few wins after it. Detroit has the worst record in the league and there is no reason to believe that they will play much better as this season wears on.