2022 Pacific Division Winner Odds & Predictions

  • Talk about a star-studded division, the Pacific is one of the leagues best.
  • Last year’s Pacific Division winners and NBA Finalist Phoenix Suns are going through a bit of drama, on top of not being the favorite to win the Pacific this year.
  • The Lakers open as the favorite to win the Pacific Division this season.

NBA Pacific Division Winner Odds

Odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Team Odds
Phoenix Suns -1400
Golden State Warriors +800
Los Angeles Clippers +100000
Los Angeles Lakers +100000

WSN’s Pick – Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are entering what is a bit of a redemption season. After faltering on their way to the playoffs last season, they retooled and now look as strong as ever. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony – need we say more?

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Pasific Division Winner

The NBA returns for what will be its 75th iteration! In what projects to be one of the most exciting NBA seasons to date, we take a look at the competitors for the Pacific Division crown!

Last year it was a surprise as the Phoenix Suns came out and earned the division title. However, they will have some stiff competition from one of the most competitive divisions in the league.

The Los Angeles Lakers have retooled and look incredibly threatening, while the Golden State Warriors hope to welcome back one of the league’s most lethal shooters back into the fold. But the Clippers, Kings, and Suns won’t be forgotten. The Pacific Division is deep and hard to predict, don’t be surprised to see the Western Conference NBA Finalist come from this division!

Pacific Division Winner Team Odds

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

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Finished seventh in the Western Conference last season.
  • Eliminated in the Western Conference First Round.
  • LeBron James led the team with 25 points, 7.8 assists, and 7.7 rebounds in his 17th professional season.

After a disappoint close to their last season, the Los Angeles Lakers were forced into a corner. Make moves to win now, or LeBron James finds other avenues for his success. Fortunately for all parties, their offseason can be deemed a success.

The Lakers brought in some legends of the game in Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. But they also found some great role players in Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk, and Dwight Howard. When they enter the playoffs, you can’t say they’re lacking talent.

The only thing that may hinder the Lakers is the rise of chemistry issues. We’ve seen quickly assembled super teams fail in the past. So how James can make his new teammates fit in will determine their success.

Phoenix Suns

  • Finished second in the Western Conference last season.
  • Eliminated in the NBA Finals.
  • Chris Paul was brilliant in his first season with Phoenix, averaging 16.5 points and 8.9 assists at 36 years old!

Nobody expected the run that the Phoenix Suns went on during their 2020-2021 campaign. Unfortunately, they fell short in the NBA finals, despite winning the first two games. They re-tooled this summer, looking to build off of the squad that won them their success last season.

Extensions were given out to Paul, Payne, Kaminsky, and Bridges, but surprisingly negotiations stalled on DeAndre Ayton. It’s difficult to see them reached the same heights this year, mostly due to the unprecedented nature of their success, but they need Ayton to be completely locked in if they hope to reach similar heights.

Chris Paul and Devin Booker need to be at the top of their game if they hope to win the Pacific, probably one of the toughest divisions in the league. While their role players are good, none are spectacular – it’s hard to back them for similar success this season.

Golden State Warriors

  • Finished ninth in the Western Conference last season.
  • Eliminated in the Play-In Tournament.
  • Stephen Curry had one of his best seasons ever, averaging 32 points and 5.8 assists on 48.2% shooting from the field.

There’s a lot of optimism around the Golden State Warriors, considering they reached the Play-In last season. Many are optimistic about their coming season, especially with the prospect of Klay Thompson returning to the fold.

The Warriors it made a point to balance their roster this offseason, bringing in Otto Porter and Nemanja Bjelica while also drafting the promising Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. The Warriors are an underdog to watch in the race for the Pacific Division, especially if all key players are healthy.

LA Clippers

  • Finished fourth in the Western Conference last season.
  • Eliminated in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
  • Kawhi Leonard was his usual star-like self, averaging 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 52 games played.

It’s odd to think that the LA Clippers, after re-signing Kawhi Leonard this offseason, are expected to finish fourth in the Eastern Conference. While they’re a talented outfit, their flaws surprisingly outweigh their strengths.

It isn’t that Leonard and George have gotten worse, but the idea of them winning the division is difficult to back when they miss almost a third of their games each season. In terms of their supporting cast, there hasn’t been much growth in that regard either.

Sacramento Kings

  • Finished twelfth in the Western Conference last season.
  • With the ninth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings acquired Davion Mitchell.
  • De’Aaron Fox, who averaged 25.2 points and 7.2 assists in 2021, led the Sacramento Kings.

It’s difficult for the Sacramento Kings to compete in the Pacific. Three of the five teams in the division are considered marquee free agent destinations while Sacramento continues the longest ever playoff drought in NBA history – 15 years to begin this season.

They have good pieces, but nowhere near enough quality to compete in the Pacific, let alone the Western Conference. De’Aaron Fox continues to look like a star, but there’s a time limit on how much losing he wants to endure.

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