The NBA Pacific Division seems to be the most competitive race of the season. With only a few weeks left in the regular season, the Phoenix Suns are making a strong push to win their third straight title.
Currently, the Suns are three games behind the first-place Sacramento Kings, but they’re the betting favorites to take the division with -120 odds at DraftKings AZ sportsbook.
The Kings, who are second in the division and have a shot at their first division title in 20 years, are close behind at +170 odds. The Los Angeles Clippers are in third place in the division, and although they’re 3.5 games back, they’re not out of the race just yet. You can back the Clippers at +550 odds to win the division for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
Pacific Division Odds Update
Before the season started, oddsmakers didn’t give a clear favorite to win the Pacific Division. The Clippers were slightly ahead with +180 odds, but the Golden State Warriors and the Suns weren’t far behind with +205 and +225 odds, respectively. Here’s how the NBA betting odds change since pre-season:
|Los Angeles Clippers
|Golden State Warriors
|Los Angeles Lakers
If the Suns can keep up their strong play, they could very well take the Pacific Division title and secure a high seed in the playoffs. But with the Kings and Clippers still in the hunt, it’s going to be an exciting race to the finish line. Fans should buckle up and get ready for a thrilling end to the regular season in the Pacific Division.
The Durantula Effect
With the sudden trade that sends Kevin Durant to Phoenix, the Suns surge as the favorites to win not only in the Pacific Division but also in the Western Conference. The Suns have seen an uptick in NBA championship odds (+450), Western Conference odds (+230), and Pacific Division odds (-120).
Veteran point guard Chris Paul has been providing leadership and experience to help guide the team to victories, while Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton still provide reliable numbers. Currently, in fourth place in the Western Conference, the Suns are eyeing a third consecutive divisional title. They hold the best record within the Pacific Division, with an impressive 9-1 clip.
However, the Suns still have a tough road ahead with the ninth-toughest schedule remaining, facing opponents with a combined .511 winning percentage. They have two crucial games against the top-seeded Denver Nuggets and the first-place Kings. Winning both games against the Kings would put them in a prime position to clinch the division title.
Other Pacific Division Teams
The Sacramento Kings have surprised many this season, clawing their way out of the Western Conference cellar and into first place in the Pacific Division. Head coach Mike Brown has turned the franchise around, and the Kings are set to advance to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. While they face the fourth-hardest schedule remaining in the regular season, including single games against the top three teams in the NBA, they have the opportunity to fend off the Suns in their two matchups in March.
The Los Angeles Clippers face a decision between attempting to make a run at the division crown or preserving the health of their star players. Forward Kawhi Leonard looks to get back on track after being sidelined last season with an ACL injury. If he can remain healthy, the Clippers will be a tough matchup in the postseason.
The Golden State Warriors, defending NBA champions, are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference standings and fourth place in the Pacific Division. With star guard Steph Curry out due to injury, the Warriors are long shots to win the division, with odds of +2200 at WynnBET AZ.
The Los Angeles Lakers, in last place in the division, have a grim future after LeBron James sustained a foot injury that could keep him out for the remainder of the season. With James out, the Lakers are massive long shots to win the Pacific Division crown, with odds of +10000 at Unibet Arizona Sportsbook.