For the better part of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s time in the NBA, the Northwest division has been owned by Oklahoma City thanks to these two superstars. OKC has five of the six division titles from the 2010-11 season on, and could have made it six straight had their 2014-145 year been derailed by injuries to those stars. That could change soon as Kevin Durant is up for free agency soon and if he decides to leave town, OKC’s dominance in this division will take a huge hit. That would leave this division more wide open and could make teams like Minnesota and Portland good online NBA Northwest betting options.
NBA Northwest Betting Lines
To see upcoming NBA Northwest betting lines with point spread numbers and the eventual results after the games, check the chart below.
NBA Northwest Standings
Oklahoma City has dominated the NBA Northwest standings since 2010 but that won’t always be the case. Check out this year’s standings below to see if that change is happening now.
|EC - Atlantic Division|
|5||New York Knicks||71||14||57||7462||8091||0.197|
|EC - Central Division|
|EC - Southeast Division|
|WC - Northwest Division|
|3||Oklahoma City Thunder||71||42||29||8126||7875||0.592|
|WC - Pacific Division|
|1||Golden State Warriors||70||48||22||8237||7822||0.686|
|WC - Southwest Division|
|2||San Antonio Spurs||71||42||29||7945||7833||0.592|
|3||New Orleans Pelicans||73||31||42||8466||8476||0.425|
How To Bet On NBA Northwest Division
Oklahoma City’s dominance doesn’t mean they are a great team to bet on. The Thunder finished with the worst against the spread (ATS) record of the five teams in this division in the 2015-16 season, despite winning the division by 11 games. Inflated numbers and tough rivalry games are part of the reason OKC burned bettor’s money that year as they are always going to attract plenty of attention from bettors with two two superstars on their roster.
The team that was the best bet from this division that year was the Portland Trailblazers at 44-38 ATS. The general belief surrounding Portland entering the 2015-16 season was that it would be a rough year for the Blazers after a mass exodus of stars via free agency that summer, but the youthful backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J McCollum put this team on their back and carried them to a #5 seed in the Western Conference. If this roster can continue to grow together in the coming years, it won’t be long before Portland finds themselves on top of this division once again.
Finally, the team to watch on the NBA Northwest betting lines going forward are the Minnesota Timberwolves. The T-Wolves have a talented young nucleus as well and recently brought in Tom Thibodeau to continue this franchise’s accent. Minnesota’s issues during the young Andrew Wiggins era have been on defence and Thibodeau is known as a defensive-minded coach. If he can instill that defensive intensity in this team that he’s brought elsewhere, the Timberwolves are going to start winning a lot of games and vastly improving on their 39-42-1 ATS record from 15-16.