NBA Central Division Winner Odds & Predictions 2021/2022

  • The Central Division is home of the reigning NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks!
  • After some tough years, the Chicago Bulls look to be a true challenger for the division crown.
  • Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons expect to be at the bottom of the league.

2022 NBA Central Division Winner Odds

Odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Team 20-21 Finish Odds
Milwaukee Bucks 46-26 (1st in Central) -500
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Chicago Bulls 31-41 (3rd in Central) +350
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Indiana Pacers 34-48 (2nd in Central) +4500
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Cleveland Cavaliers 22-50 (4th in Central) +20000
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Detroit Pistons 20-52 (5th in Central) +700000
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WSN’s Pick – Milwaukee Bucks (-850)

There is no need to doubt the reigning NBA Champions. They may not have had the most impressive offseason, but they are certainly still one of the strongest teams in the NBA. The Bulls could challenge them this season, but Milwaukee still trumps them in strength and depth.

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Central Division Winner Odds

Central Division Winner Team Odds

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

Milwaukee Bucks (-850)

  • The Milwaukee Bucks finished third in the Eastern Conference in 2020-2021.
  • The Bucks won the NBA Championship in 2021.
  • Newly crown NBA Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo is looking to add another Larry O’Brien Trophy into his cabinet.

It’s never wise to look past the reigning champions. While the Milwaukee Bucks may have lost some key pieces in the offseason, they still have most of their key contributors, as well as young players who are ready to make the jump.

The Bucks see seven new faces on their roster this season, with the likes of Grayson Allen and George Hill taking the headlines. Antetokounmpo leads this team, and their success is based on how well these role players can mesh with the reigning Finals MVP.

They say that defending your NBA title is harder than winning it. However, with the Bucks’ level of talent, it seems a given that they at least retain their Central Division title.

Chicago Bulls (+900)

  • Finished eleventh in the Eastern Conference in 2020-2021.
  • The Bulls enter this season with ten new players.
  • Zach Lavine showed up as an All-Star last season, averaging 27.4 points per game.

The Chicago Bulls made their moves to reach the playoffs at last year’s trade deadline, but they ultimately fell short. They didn’t give up though, with Nikola Vucevic in the fold and Mark Eversley leading the front office, some new acquisitions have given Chicago new life.

In the offseason, the Chicago Bulls made two major acquisitions. They nabbed Lonzo Ball from the Pelicans to pair with Zach Lavine in the backcourt, and acquired perennial All-Star Demar Derozan to give them a veteran presence and winning mentality.

This should be the best Bulls team that we’ve seen in a long time. The potential of their starting lineup is one of the best in the East, maybe even the league. If they can put it all together, they could shock a lot of people in their hunt for the Central Division crown.

Indiana Pacers (+1100)

  • The Indiana Pacers finished ninth in the Eastern Conference in 2020-2021.
  • Eliminated in the 2021 Play-In Tournament.
  • Domantas Sabonis was named to his second consecutive All-Star team in 2021.

The Indiana Pacers struggled last season. Due to a mixture of on-court issues and lack of faith in their new coach, the Pacers were never able to find their footing throughout the season. They enter the new season with a new outlook and new head coach.

Rick Carlisle now coaches the Indiana Pacers in what they hope will be a bounce-back season for them. All-Star Domantas Sabonis will still lead them, but Myles Turner, Malcolm Brogdon, and even new rookie Chris Duarte will be looked at to make big contributions.

With a new coach at the helm, Indiana hopes they’ll have the experience to get over their playoff slump. But without a massive improvement from their roster as a whole, challenging for the top of the Central division isn’t possible.

Cleveland Cavaliers (+15000)

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers finished thirteenth in the Eastern Conference in 2020-2021.
  • With the third overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Cavaliers selected Evan Mobley.
  • For another season, doubts surround the Cavs and Kevin Love’s future.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have alternated between being terrible and having LeBron James on their roster. It seems like the possibility of James returning is finally gone, and now the Cavaliers are fully focused on rebuilding around their young core.

With new rookie star Evan Mobley joining the dynamic backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, the Cavaliers’ future looks bright. Unfortunately, they lack the talent and experience to succeed in the present.

Detroit Pistons (+15000)

  • The Detroit Pistons finished last in the Eastern Conference in 2020-2021.
  • Due to their record, the Pistons ended up winning the first overall pick in the 2020-2021 NBA Draft.
  • With a roster lacking true competitive talent, this season is all about Cade Cunningham.

The Detroit Pistons were dreadful last season, despite some positive strides for their young players under the tutelage of Dwane Casey. While Detroit’s regular season was nothing to be proud of, their mediocrity was rewarded with the number one overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

It’s a good idea to watch the Pistons if you want to see rising star Cade Cunningham. But the Pistons are starved for talent and don’t look as if they’ll be challenging for top ten in the East, let alone the top of their division.

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