2020-2021 Northwest Division Winner Odds & Predictions

  • The Utah Jazz open as the favorite to win the Northwest Division for another year.
  • The Northwest gave us three playoff teams last year, with the same squads expected for the post-season this year.
  • Ever since the fall of the Thunder, the Jazz, Nuggets, and Trail Blazers have traded winning the division.

2022 NBA Northwest Division Winner Odds

Odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Team 20-21 Finish Odds
Utah Jazz 52-20 (1st in Northwest) -650
Denver Nuggets 47-25 (2nd in Northwest) +800
Portland Trail Blazers 42-30 (3rd in Northwest) +1000
Minnesota Timberwolves 23-49 (4th in Northwest) +5000
Oklahoma City Thunder 22-50 (5th in Northwest) +70000

WSN’s Pick – Utah Jazz (-300)

In a way, it’s an easy choice for the winner of the Northwest Division. The Utah Jazz are the strongest team in the Northwest, by far. While Denver has the reigning league MVP, the still-injured Jamal Murray hurts Utah’s closest rival’s chances. Another year of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert leading the Jazz to the division title is in the cards.

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Northwest Division Winner Team Odds

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

Utah Jazz (-300)

  • Finished first in the Western Conference, and league, in 2020-2021.
  • Eliminated in the Western Conference Semifinals.
  • All-Star duo Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert lead the Jazz for another season.

The Utah Jazz got stronger over the offseason after what was a disappointing end to their 2021 NBA Playoff run. While they lost some key role players from previous runs, they reloaded with a number of intriguing pieces.

Rudy Gay, Eric Paschall, and Hassan Whiteside highlight Utah’s offseason acquisitions. But it will still be up to the performances of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert to lead them to the NBA Finals.

With so much continuity, you have to expect similar success from the Jazz this season. With two true All-Stars on their side, a solid coach, and a worthy supporting cast the Northwest is Utah’s to lose.

Denver Nuggets (+370)

  • The Denver Nuggets finished third in the Western Conference in 2020-2021.
  • Eliminated in the Western Conference Semifinals.
  • Center Nikola Jokic won the Most Valuable Player award last season.

The Denver Nuggets open the season with high hopes of becoming a title contender this season. Unfortunately for them, those hopes rest on the continued greatness of Nikola Jokic and the eventual return of Jamal Murray.

Their offseason consisted of improving with their current personnel, focusing on the extension of Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon. They lost key veterans in Javale McGee and Paul Millsap, but will try to make up for it with the addition of Jeff Green.

The Nuggets have their work cut out for them. No matter how you look at it, they’re not strong enough to take the division without Jamal Murray or a shocking leap in production from another player.

Portland Trail Blazers (+900)

  • The Portland Trail Blazers finished sixth in the Western Conference in 2020-2021.
  • Eliminated in the Western Conference First Round.
  • Damian Lillard leads the Trail Blazers for his ninth straight NBA season.

The Portland Trail Blazers want to make their run for the NBA title, which goes naturally with a run for the top of the division. Damian Lillard is an All-NBA and, apparantley, a top 75 historical talent. The question surrounds Lillard’s supporting cast and what they can accomplish.

Lillard’s long-time partner CJ McCollum continues to be on his side, while the return to form of Jusuf Nurkic and a full season of Norman Powell could tip the scales in their favor. But all eyes are on new head coach Chauncey Billups.

The Trail Blazers can make a good run for the top of the division, but there are too many questions surrounding their situation. Consistency has always been Portland’s issue, something that is expected to continue this season.

Minnesota Timberwolves (+4000)

  • The Minnesota Timberwolves finished thirteenth in the Western Conference in 2020-2021.
  • The Timberwolves failed to make the playoffs for the third straight season.
  • Despite personal difficulties, Karl-Anthony Towns was excellent – averaging 24.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are an incredibly interesting team. Their history suggests they’ll struggle to succeed, but they are loaded with young talent. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves are lacking a front office that encourages their young stars to win.

Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards are players that every team in the NBA would welcome into their ranks. It’s a long shot for them to win the division, but their three stars would suggest they have a chance – at least on paper.

Oklahoma City Thunder (+25000)

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder finished last in the Western Conference in 2020-2021.
  • The Thunder missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
  • Most of their season was a disappointment, but not the growth of their rising Canadian duo of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort.

It’s no secret what the Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to do. Hoarding young players and draft picks, they’re in it for the long haul and not short-term success. Their chances at the division crown are near zero given their long-term strategy.

The Thunder boast some strong young players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, and Josh Giddey. They’ll be a fun team to watch for their potential, so maybe give them a wager on the Northwest Division in five years.

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