The 2021-22 NBA season will attempt to be as close as possible to a normal NBA season after two years of playing during a pandemic. The COVID situation in the United States has not improved as much as expected, but the league expects to get 82 full games while pushing for its players, coaches and staff to get vaccinated.
As the regular season approaches, DKNation will be reviewing the odds for each division. While division winners no longer get automatic playoff spots, there are still Champion Odds available on DraftKings Sportsbook. And it also means that there is a chance for bettors to win money.
Pacific Division odds for the 2021-22 season
Los Angeles Lakers (+105)
Phoenix Suns (+220)
Golden State Warriors (+425)
Los Angeles Clippers (+900)
Kings of Sacramento (+15000)
This division is absolutely loaded at the top. The Lakers and the Warriors are the first two according to punters to come out of the Western Conference. The Suns are the defending conference champions. If Kawhi Leonard returns at some point in the season, the Clippers will be title challengers. They’re probably going to be out of the picture of the division by then. Kings are, well, still kings. The Lakers, Suns and Warriors will make this a very fun race. All three teams are expected to advance to the playoffs, with the Clippers also in the mix.
The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers (+105)
Anthony Davis’ health is going to be a question mark, but the Lakers have the most talent of any team to start the season. The Suns will be a contender, although they will experience a drop from last season. If Klay Thompson returns and is 100% healthy, the Warriors are a threat. However, he won’t be back until at least January and that’s an optimistic timeline. The Lakers and Suns are the two best teams here for a reason and LA has the most comprehensive roster. Bettors also get + odds, so there is nothing wrong with supporting the Lakers.
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