Online NBA Southwest Betting

Arguably the deepest division from top to bottom in the NBA the past few years, the Southwest division is loaded with talented teams that have playoff and championship aspirations each year. San Antonio has been the class of the Southwest since Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan came to town in the late 90′s, but recently Dallas, Memphis and Houston have found varying levels of playoff success and New Orleans are minor steps away from getting over that hump. With so much talent within the division, you’ll find a lot of tight games between Southwest rivals and that means that online NBA Southwest betting can bring some strong wagering situations throughout the course of the year.

NBA Southwest Betting Lines

NBA Southwest betting lines tend to have smaller spreads than any other division rivalry games in this league because the talent in the Southwest is spread out well. Check the chart below to see current point spreads for upcoming games featuring these squads.

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NBA Southwest Standings

San Antonio has been the class of this division, but on a yearly basis it’s a dogfight to see where these teams finish in the NBA Southwest standings. You can see who’s on top this year in the box below.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 58 24 9384 8885 0.707
2 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 51 31 9445 9224 0.622
3 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 49 33 9216 8852 0.598
4 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 42 40 9204 9210 0.512
5 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 17 65 8575 9330 0.207
EC - Central Division
1 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 60 22 9686 8959 0.732
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 48 34 8857 8584 0.585
3 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 41 41 8778 8798 0.500
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 22 60 8605 9295 0.268
5 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 19 63 8567 9355 0.232
EC - Southeast Division
1 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 42 40 8800 8742 0.512
2 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 39 43 9081 9171 0.476
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 39 43 8668 8687 0.476
4 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 32 50 9350 9588 0.390
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 29 53 9294 9788 0.354
WC - Northwest Division
1 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 54 28 9075 8751 0.659
2 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 53 28 9402 9058 0.646
3 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 50 32 9161 8730 0.610
4 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 49 33 9387 9108 0.598
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 36 46 9223 9346 0.439
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 57 25 9650 9120 0.695
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 48 34 9442 9372 0.585
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 39 43 9363 9455 0.476
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 37 45 9165 9306 0.451
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 18 63 8815 9581 0.232
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 53 29 9341 8950 0.646
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 48 34 9156 9018 0.585
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 33 49 9466 9575 0.402
4 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8927 9032 0.402
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 33 49 8490 8703 0.402

How To Bet On NBA Southwest Division

When handicapping games between these division rivals, bettors have to be aware that on any given night one of these teams could beat the other one. That’s why you’ll often see home court advantage play such a pivotal role for oddsmakers when they put out NBA Southwest betting lines. One night you could see a team like Dallas be -4 at home vs. New Orleans and when they meet in New Orleans later on it will be the Pelicans who are laying the four points.

Therefore, it’s important to not get swayed by anomaly results at times as one of the biggest mistakes NBA bettors can make is assuming they know more than the sportsbooks. NBA lines get sharper and sharper as the season goes on and it’s no more evident then in games between Southwest rivals.

Looking ahead, the Spurs will seem to always be in the conversation for a division crown, but they are an older team these days with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker getting closer to retirement each year. Eventually that window for a team to completely pass the Spurs in this division and that’s why bettors can’t use older stats to back their perceptions and handicapping of a team.

While the other franchises are all solid teams with issues to overcome, it will be interesting to see just how strong the New Orleans Pelicans can be for bettors in the near future. All Star C Anthony Davis is starting to enter the prime of his career, and if the Pelicans can build a solid supporting cast around him, be weary of this team. They will shed that “last place” label in a heartbeat and become the best team to bet on in this division.