Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NBA Odds: Nets, Bucks, Heat Favored in East; Jazz, Lakers, Mavs in West
With the NBA season heating up and heading toward the All-Star break, the divisional races are growing more compelling.
Per Sportsbettingdime.com, James Harden, Kevin Durant , Kyrie Irving and the Nets are favored to win the East (-139) over Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the Sixers (+175).
Giannis and the Bucks are huge favorites to win the Central (-1430), and the the markets are still bullish on the Heat returning to last season’s form as Jimmy Butler’s squad is still at odds of -132 to win the division.
In the West, Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz have the NBA’s best record (24-5) and continue to dominate competition with odds of -490 in the Northwest Division.
LeBron James and the Lakers, fresh off Thursday’s loss to the Nets sans the injured Anthony Davis, are at -180 to win the Pacific over Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers (+175). In the Southwest, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks have the best odds at +115 even though the Spurs and Grizzlies are ahead of them in the standings.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.