The division is loaded with Oklahoma City, Denver, Utah and Portland. Minnesota is in this division but in name only and they are not a team you really want to make an NBA bet on. The Thunder is the favorites to win the division because they have the best player in the division in Kevin Durant.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder has the best player in this division in Kevin Durant and he is only getting better. In fact, the entire team continues to improve. They have Nenad Krstic at center, Jeff Green at forward; Durant at the other forward and the two guards are James Harden and Russell Westbrook. This team could be ready to take the next step and challenge the Lakers for the Western Conference title.
The Nuggets still have a lot of talent led by Carmelo Anthony. They added Al Harrington and they still have J.R. Smith and Chauncey Billups. It is hard to know what to make of the Nuggets since Anthony really wants out.
The Jazz lost Carlos Boozer but they now have Al Jefferson. If Jefferson plays well then the Jazz could be just as good as they were last year. They have Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur and maybe now that Boozer is gone, Paul Millsap will get more playing time. If the Thunder suffers an injury or if Denver is not consistent, the Jazz could surprise and win this division.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers have Brandon Roy and they still have Greg Oden who is always hurt and they don’t have a consistent scorer to help Roy. Yes, LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Miller can sometimes show up, they are not star players. The Blazers will get their wins this season in NBA betting but they simply don’t look like a contender for the top spot in this division.
The Timberwolves got Wesley Johnson in the NBA Draft and that is about the only positive for Minnesota. This is a team that threw money down the toilet to get Darko Milicic. The team got Michael Beasley from Miami so perhaps he will be worth watching but making an NBA bet at SBG on the Timberwolves is still a bit risky.