2020-2021 Southeast Division Winner Odds & Predictions

2020-2021 Southeast Division

  • NBA Finalists the Miami Heat open as the favorites to win a much improved Southeast Division.
  • Trae Young’s Atlanta Hawks are tied with Russell Westbrook’s Washington Wizards for second-best odds to win the division.
  • Despite being the division’s second playoff representative in 2019, the Orlando Magic project to finish fourth.

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The Southeast Division has been dominated by the two Florida franchises for a couple of years now. The Miami Heat not only won the division last season, but they made it all the way to the NBA Finals despite falling short against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Orlando Magic were the other Southeast Division representatives in last year’s playoffs, but lack of improvements have made them tumble down the odds table.

The Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards hope to take the next step this season and return to the playoff conversation. While the Hawks continue to build their franchise around young star Trae Young, the Wizards moved long-time member John Wall for former MVP Russell Westbrook’s in hopes of stoking the flames of their growth.

The Charlotte Hornets don’t look to be relevant coming into this season, but they have some exciting pieces in Devonte’ Graham and the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft LaMelo Ball. While they aren’t likely to challenge for the Southeast crown, they are still on the path to improvement.

2020-2021 Southeast Division Winner Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on April 21, 2021.

Team Odds
Atlanta Hawks -230
Miami Heat +62
Charlotte Hornets +2200
Washington Wizards +50000

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WSN’s Pick:

While the growth of the Atlanta Hawks is intriguing, it is tough to see such an overhauled roster take the top spot. We see the Washington Wizards putting up up a stronger fight for second place, but first ultimately belongs to the Miami Heat in our eyes. While they lost key pieces in Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones Jr, the growth of their young pieces along with the steady presence of Butler and Dragic seem to be enough to send them to the top.

Miami Heat (+162)

19-20 Team Performance

Record PPG Opp PPG Pace Off Rtg Def Rtg
44-29 112.0 (15 of 30) 109.1 (10 of 30) 96.3 (27 of 30) 112.5 (7 of 30) 109.5 (11 of 30)

The Miami Heat had a rather understated offseason, focusing more on retaining their key pieces rather than adding too many new pieces to their squad that made the NBA Finals. After re-signing Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic, the Heat looks to build on familiarity to find success again this season.

While the Heat lost key contributors like Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones Jr, they were able to ease the blow with the additions of Avery Bradley and Maurice Harkless. Without any game-changing players added to the team, Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley will be counting on the further growth of Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and All-Star Bam Adebayo.

The Heat are the clear favorites to win the division, but they aren’t the world-beaters that many think they might be. The Heat haven’t made significant changes from last year, a campaign where they only finished fifth in the East. Their success will depend on the growth of other teams in their division.

Atlanta Hawks (-230)

19-20 Team Performance

Record PPG Opp PPG Pace Off Rtg Def Rtg
20-47 111.8 (17 of 30) 119.7 (30 of 30) 103.0 (5 of 30) 107.2 (26 of 30) 114.8 (27 of 30)

The Hawks look much improved after the offseason. While Trae Young has emerged as an All-Star, the Atlanta front office hasn’t held back in helping their star guard take the next step in his career. With a good combination of emerging talent and veteran presence, the Hawks could challenge the Heat for the division crown.

The list of added talent on the Hawks roster is impressive. Names like Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Kris Dunn round out a collection of impactful additions to the roster. Not only does Lloyd Pierce have a wealth of options on offense, but the defensive side of the ball has some needed grit.

Whether or not the Hawks will be able to bring it all together for a successful run is the question. One thing is for certain, the Hawks are interested in competing quickly.

Washington Wizards (+50000)

19-20 Team Performance

Record PPG Opp PPG Pace Off Rtg Def Rtg
25-47 114.4 (7 of 30) 119.1 (29 of 30) 102.7 (7 of 30) 110.9 (15 of 30) 115.5 (30 of 30)

Last season was always going to be a write-off for the Washington Wizards. Despite playing awful basketball at times, the Wizards’ offensive output was among the best in the NBA. Not giving John Wall a chance to rehabilitate with the squad, the Wizards shipped him off in exchange for former MVP Russell Westbrook.

The acquisition of Westbrook puts the Wizards in win-now mode. By re-signing Davis Bertans, the Wizards have made a firm commitment on who they expect their future core to include. They don’t seem to have sorted out their defensive issues, but the front office has at least made the moves to demand a winning culture.

The Westbrook experiment didn’t work in Houston, but adding a secondary scorer and playmaker at the level of Westbrook is likely enough to push the Wizards into the playoff picture. They lack depth and experience, but star power has returned to Washington.

Orlando Magic

19-20 Team Performance

Record PPG Opp PPG Pace Off Rtg Def Rtg
33-40 107.3 (24 of 30) 108.3 (5 of 30) 98.6 (25 of 30) 108.5 (23 of 30) 109.5 (10 of 30)

The Orlando Magic never seem to get the respect they deserve but are coming off of their second consecutive playoff appearance. A well-drilled defensive team, Orlando is more than willing to be the dark horse while trying to grow from within.

Orlando returns this season as advertised, a strong defensive unit that can never seem to tap into their offensive potential. While it was enough to get second place in the Southeast Division last season, they have more challenges this year.

Much of their success will depend on the play of key players Nikola Vucevic, Terence Ross, Evan Fournier, and Markelle Fultz. At the top of their game, the Magic can run with many teams. Finding their consistency will be the key.

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Charlotte Hornets (+700)

19-20 Team Performance

Record PPG Opp PPG Pace Off Rtg Def Rtg
23-42 102.9 (30 of 30) 109.6 (12 of 30) 95.8 (30 of 30) 106.3 (29 of 30) 113.3 (24 of 30)

The Charlotte Hornets have never won a playoff series and the last time they saw the NBA post-season was in 2016. Despite having Michael Jordan in their corner, the Hornets have failed to create or attract the superstar they’ve needed in the history of their franchise. They hope that has changed with the drafting of LaMelo Ball.

The ball looks to be one of the most talented players of his draft class, but he’s absolutely a project for the future. Along with Charlotte’s returning young talent like Graham, Monk, and the Martin twins, the Hornets may be one of the most exciting teams to look forward to.

Unfortunately for the Hornets their quality and experience are sorely lacking. Despite the excellent potential, there is little to suggest they’ll be competitors in the conference or the division. The addition of Gordon Hayward seems exciting at first glance but is the definition of high-risk, high-reward. The Hornets are likely to finish at the bottom of the division.

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