October 28, 2013

2013-2014 NBA Futures Odds & Pick: Southeast Division

BangtheBook is examining all the NBA divisions one by one before the season gets underway. Let’s take a closer look at the Eastern Conference and the Southeast Division. Miami owns this division and there is no reason to believe that will change anytime soon. Are there are any other playoff teams in this division? All futures odds listed are from 5Dimes.

 

Miami Heat

2012-2013 Record: 66-16

Odds to Win NBA Southeast Division: -3,700

Odds to win NBA Championship: +175

The Miami Heat rallied late in Game Six and edged out San Antonio in Game Seven to win the NBA Championship for a second straight year. Miami was seconds away from being considered a major disappointment, but instead the Heat are now looking for a three-peat. Dwyane Wade’s health is important for the team this season. LeBron James is the best player on the planet by a mile. The team is giving Greg Oden a shot, and that is a big wild card for the season ahead. Most of the team remains the same as last year. Pat Riley did a nice job keeping the core of this great team together for another season. No one in this division will be in the same zip code as the Heat.

Atlanta Hawks

2012-2013 Record: 44-38

Odds to Win NBA Southeast Division: +2,600

Odds to win NBA Championship: +17,500

Atlanta has looked the same for many years, but the Hawks got a major facelift during the offseason. Josh Smith is gone, and Paul Millsap now joins Al Horford in the frontcourt. I like the move because I think Smith was hurting the team with his constant outside shooting (hitting less than 30% from long range). Millsap will stay down low and fight for rebounds and points in the paint. Jeff Teague and John Jenkins have a lot to prove in the backcourt. The Hawks backcourt has been one of the worst in the league over the past few seasons, and they didn’t do much of anything to upgrade at that spot. Atlanta’s team looks different, but I’m not sure they’ll get any more wins out of it.

Washington Wizards

2012-2013 Record: 29-53

Odds to Win NBA Southeast Division: +2,600

Odds to win NBA Championship: +21,000

The Washington Wizards finished with an ugly overall record last year, but they were much better after John Wall came back into the lineup. Washington fans actually have something to look forward to this year. This is a team that could contend for the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff standings. What made this team so much better toward the end of last year? The Wizards were playing some terrific defense. Randy Wittman has the respect of the team, and their fight on the defensive end makes them dangerous. Bradley Beal is a budding star. The Wizards should be up around the .500 mark this year.

Charlotte Bobcats

2012-2013 Record: 21-61

Odds to Win NBA Southeast Division: +57,500

Odds to win NBA Championship: +60,000

The Charlotte Bobcats shouldn’t be the worst team in the NBA this year. Charlotte has some nice young pieces to work around, but they still have a ton of holes. Al Jefferson was signed to a big contract in the offseason, and I would expect the team to feed the low-post early and often this year. Cody Zeller has a lot of potential, but he’ll have to be more consistent than he was last year for the Indiana Hoosiers. Can Charlotte pick it up on the defensive end at all? Slightly better, but still not a good team at all.

Orlando Magic

2012-2013 Record: 20-62

Odds to Win NBA Southeast Division: +57,500

Odds to win NBA Championship: +60,000

I’m no fan of what the Orlando Magic are doing right now. Victor Oladipo is a supremely talented player, but the Magic’s plan to turn him into a point guard doesn’t make sense to me. Oladipo is great at moving without the ball, and he doesn’t have experience as a point guard. Today’s NBA has a ton of great point guards, and I feel like the team is throwing him to the wolves. The rest of the roster has very little talent. Oladipo is going to be stuck doing it all himself this year, and I expect the Magic to have the worst record in this division.

 

NBA Southeast Division Pick: Miami Heat

Who else could I pick? The Heat are going to absolutely coast to this division title. Miami is the team to beat in the league overall, and they’ll make a joke of the rest of this division.

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