Can Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers finish their stupendous season with a division title over Kevin Durant and the ballyhooed Brooklyn Nets? Can Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns hold off Paul George and the LA Clippers to finish first in the competitive Pacific Division? Last but not least, with Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks in a virtual tie with Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat, who’s coming out on top in the Southeast Division?
While the division titles are wrapped up in the Central, Northwest and Southwest divisions, three titles remain up for grabs as we move further into the final week of regular season action. With the 2020-21 regular season campaign finishing up with a whopping 15-game slate of action on Sunday, May 16, it’s time to look at the NBA Divisional Championship odds to claim the division titles in the Atlantic, Southeast and Pacific divisions.
NBA Updated Divisional Odds – Thee Divisions Titles Still Up For Grabs
Analysis: Philadelphia (47-22) is two games up on Brooklyn (45-24) with both teams having three games remaining. Philly is on the road at Miami on Thursday then finishes up with consecutive home dates against Orlando on Friday and Sunday. Brooklyn hosts San Antonio on Wednesday night, Chicago on Saturday and Cleveland on Sunday.
Philadelphia is a near lock to me, seeing as how they should easily handle the Magic in their last two games even if they fall in Miami. Brooklyn could win out, but Philadelphia will almost certainly get the division win, which is why the 76ers are a -2500 selection.
Pick: Philadelphia 76ers
Analysis: In the Southeast, the Hawks and Heat have identical 38-31 records, but Atlanta owns the tie-breaker, having won two of three against Miami this season including a pair of double-digit wins in each of the last two meetings. The Hawks close out the 2020-21 regular season at home against Washington on Wednesday, Orlando on Thursday and Houston on Sunday. Miami finishes up at home against Philadelphia on Thursday and at Milwaukee and Detroit on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
I think it’s reasonable to assume that Atlanta will go 2-1 over its final three games and the same goes for Miami. The Hawks will definitely get past Orlando and Houston and will face Washington without Bradley Beal on Wednesday. Miami has a daunting task of trying to beat Philly in the City of Brotherly Love and will face a Sixers team that got smacked around by Indiana in its previous game. This finish looks like an absolute thriller, but in the end, I’m going with the red-hot Hawks who have won four of five.
Pick: Atlanta Hawks
Analysis: The Suns (48-21) are two games up on the Clippers (46-23) with both teams having three games remaining. Phoenix hosts streaking Portland on Thursday and then hits the road to face San Antonio on Saturday and Sunday. The Clippers are on the road at Charlotte on Thursday, at Houston on Friday and at Oklahoma City on Sunday.
While LA looks like it could win out (Charlotte will challenge them), I’ve got the Suns beating San Antonio in their last two games to claim the conference crown, especially if they lose against Portland on Thursday. Phoenix will be locked-in on finishing off what has been a phenomenal season and I don’t see the Suns failing.
Pick: Phoenix Suns
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