Before, during, and after each NBA season, we keep our eye on futures odds, to help you get the best possible information to help you make your NBA betting picks. That includes updated looks at the NBA Northwest Division. Here, we look at the latest odds in this division and give our thoughts on each team on a regular basis.
NBA Northwest Division Odds
The Denver Nuggets were not only the class of the NBA Northwest Division this season, but of the NBA overall. Denver finished first in the West, and won the NBA Finals at the end of the postseason. This year, the Nuggets are once again the favorites to win this division, though their bench depth could be a little worse than it was a season ago with key players like Jeff Green and Bruce Brown no longer residing in Denver.
There was one other playoff team to come from the Northwest Division, with that being the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota earned the eighth seed in the Western Conference, needing to win in the play-in tournament to get there. While there are clearly some flaws with this team, with the Rudy Gobert trade not going as planned, Minnesota still has talent in the form of Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns to lead them.
The Utah Jazz performed better than expected this past season. They missed the playoffs, but they showed some flashes in the form of Lauri Markkanen, Jordan Clarkson, and Walker Kessler. Utah is in an interesting spot, as they are clearly not title contenders as currently constructed, but there is a decent foundation to build on, especially after adding John Collins in the offseason.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City came up just one game short from making the first round of the NBA Playoffs, losing the final game of the play-in tournament to the Minnesota Timberwolves. With rookie big man Chet Holmgren missing the entire season due to injury, this team took their first real steps forward in a long time. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander became a legitimate all-NBA performer, and this team could compete long-term with their current nucleus, which is exciting.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers made their intentions known this offseason, as they are hoping to get worse before they can get better in the Northwest Division. They traded Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic away, getting Jrue Holiday and Deandre Ayton back. But they are already looking to trade Holiday, and we could see a full-scale tank job from Portland this season.