NBA Atlantic Division Winner Odds & Predictions 2021/2022

  • One of the toughest divisions in the NBA, the Atlantic projects to be the most competitive in the Eastern Conference.
  • Despite the strength of the teams, internal dysfunction makes this hard to predict.
  • The Brooklyn Nets are early favorites to win the Atlantic, despite Kyrie Irving’s absence.

2022 NBA Atlantic Division Winner Odds

Odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Team 20-21 Finish Odds
Brooklyn Nets 48-24 (2nd in Atlantic) -500
Philadelphia 76ers 49-23 (1st in Atlantic) +500
Boston Celtics 36-36 (4th in Atlantic) +2800
New York Knicks 41-31 (3rd in Atlantic) +2500
Toronto Raptors 27-45 (5th in Atlantic) +6500

WSN’s Pick – Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets look as if they will be without Kyrie Irving for a large majority of the season. Kevin Durant and James Harden alone inspire confidence in Brooklyn’s ability to win the division. It may take them a while to find their footing, but their quality across the board is leagues above the rest of the division.

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Atlantic DIvision 2020

The 2021 NBA season is back in full swing for its 75th anniversary! The league schedule returns to its 82 game format, opening up even more chances for a team to take their divisional crown.

We’re going to take a look at the Atlantic Division. Once one of the worst divisions in the NBA, it is not filled with five genuine playoff contenders. While the Brooklyn Nets stand above the rest, the other four teams won’t just give away the division.

With four of five teams earning entry to last year’s playoffs, expect this to be a dogfight to win the division. Whoever wins the Atlantic could be considered a favorite for the Eastern conference crown.

Atlantic Division Winner Team Odds

Let’s take a closer look at each team in their pursuit of the Atlantic Division crown!

Brooklyn Nets (-270)

  • Finished second in the East in 2020-2021.
  • Eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final.
  • Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were Brooklyn’s joint leading scorers in 2020-2021 with 26.9 points per game.

The Brooklyn Nets enter as the strongest team in the Eastern Conference, at least on paper. With another year at the helm, the pressure is on head coach Steve Nash to bring this team toward their ultimate goal of an NBA Championship.

The Nets made it a point to strengthen their depth this offseason, resulting in the acquisitions of Patty Mills, Paul Millsap, Jevon Carter, and the return of LaMarcus Aldridge. Their talent almost seems overwhelming, no matter who is on the court. Their success will depend greatly on the continuity of the stars they’re able to put on the court.

If the Nets were weak anywhere during their 2020-2021 NBA campaign, it was on the road. Despite a stellar 28-8 record at the Barclay’s Center, the Nets finished just 20-16 on the road. If Brooklyn can settle into their rotation, they may not take just the Atlantic, but the entire Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia 76ers (+350)

  • Finished first in the East in 2020-2021.
  • Eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final.
  • Joel Embiid led the team in scoring in 2021 with 28.5 points per game.

The Philadelphia 76ers, from top to bottom, are one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Joel Embiid is a true NBA star, but their recent struggles with All-Star point guard Ben Simmons casts doubt on the potential of their success.

Still a talented squad without Simmons, the Sixers can certainly challenge for the Atlantic crown, if not the East itself. However it is Simmons who puts them over the top, without him their chance of winning the Atlantic drops significantly.

The Sixers are in win-now mode. They’ve got a good mixture of role players and stars that can put them over the top. For another season, the drama surrounding the players makes people worry about their success.

Boston Celtics (+1000)

  • Finished seventh in the East in 2020-2021.
  • Eliminated in the Eastern Conference First Round.
  • Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown averaged a combined 50.1 points per game lasts season.

The Celtics saw a bit of an overhaul in their management over the summer. Not only did Danny Ainge leave, but Brad Stevens vacated his position as head coach and Ime Udoka now leads the team from the sidelines.

With the departure of Kemba Walker and the return of Al Horford, the Boston Celtics are fully under the control of young All-Stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. While they may not boast as much star-level talent as years past, they have the highest ceiling of anyone in the Atlantic.

New York Knicks (+3000)

  • Finished fourth in the East in 2020-2021.
  • Eliminated in the Eastern Conference First Round.
  • Julius Randle led the team with 24.1 points per game and earned his first ever All-Star appearance.

The New York Knicks made the biggest jump of any team in the Atlantic last season when they eventually finished fourth in the Eastern Conference. Most of that was due to the stellar play of Julius Randle and the newly implemented defensive gameplan of Tom Thibodeau.

So why are the Knicks just the fourth favorite to win the Atlantic Division? A lot of it has to do with their ability to score the ball. The Knicks struggle because they don’t have many capable scorers outside of Julius Randle. Their overall game is difficult to rely on, even if their defence is rock solid.

Toronto Raptors (+5000)

  • Finished twelfth in the East in 2020-2021.
  • Won the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, selecting Scottie Barnes.
  • Pascal Siakam led the team in scoring with 21.4 points per game.

How the mighty have fallen. The 2019 NBA Champions look like a shadow of their former selves just three years after their historic run. They are a team that could finish from fifth to fifteenth in the Eastern Conference.

A lot rides on the growth of, now, veterans Pascal Siakam, Fred Vanvleet, and OG Anunoby. They’re too unpredictable to give a shot at the Atlantic, but you’ll have a lot of fun watching this young and disciplined Raptors side run.

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