The NBA Southeast Division may not be the best division in the league, but it is one that typically plays a big role in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Throughout each year in the NBA, we look at odds for the Southeast and give our thoughts on each team throughout the season to help you make informed NBA predictions all year long.
Southeast Division Betting Odds
There are no odds available at this time. Check back before the 2023-24 NBA season for preseason NBA Southeast Division futures odds.
The Miami Heat finished first in the NBA Southeast Division in the 2022-23 season, finishing three games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks. But they were seeded behind the Hawks thanks to Atlanta beating them in the first game of the Eastern Conference play-in tournament. Both teams ended up making the playoffs, but the Heat were a disappointment after making it to the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago.
Atlanta finished with the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference after claiming the top spot in the play-in tournament in the East. They made a much-needed coaching change mid-season, dumping Nate McMillan and going with Quin Snyder the rest of the way. It will be interesting to see how Snyder will mold this team going forward, and how his fast-paced, perimeter-focused philosophy will work with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray.
The Charlotte Hornets were simply a disaster this past season, failing to win 30 games and finishing in last place in the NBA Southeast Division. LaMelo Ball was injured after putting together an All-Star caliber first half of the season. They simply lack the talent around Ball to survive an injury like that, and the Hornets clearly have a long way to go if they want to be a serious contender.
Bradley Beal missed a ton of time for the Washington Wizards, who could not win without him for the most part this year. Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma, and the rest of their nucleus lacks a true alpha to elevate this team. Their moves over the course of this coming offseason will be important, as their roster isn’t getting any younger as currently constructed.
In a nice step forward for the franchise, the Orlando Magic did not finish in last place in the Southeast Division. They were led by Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero, and were in playoff contention until the final days of the regular season. With Banchero and some decent talent around him like Franz Wagner, the Magic have a brighter future than they have in a while.