The NBA’s Southeast Division is filled with teams in transition, so it’s the hardest to predict heading into 2014-2015. Though the early favorite is last year’s surprise playoff contender, the Washington Wizards, four of the five clubs are legitimate NBA betting options.
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The Wizards rode the evolution of John Wall to a postseason appearance last spring. This year, the club will have one more year of experience. As Wall establishes himself as a league superstar, teammates like Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce should help Washington contend for a top spot in the Eastern Conference picture. The Wizards are +125 to win their division and 14/1 to win their conference.
The Miami Heat is still a threat despite losing LeBron James. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were superstars before the Big Three. Vital players like Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts will join them in South Beach. The Heat is +200 to win the southeast.
The upcoming season also marks an opportunity for the Charlotte Hornets. Having already slowly built themselves into a playoff team, Charlotte will take the next step in their natural progression. The Hornets are +400 to win the division, and they’re a formidable threat with Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker leading the show.
The Southeast Division may not boast a short list league favorite like the Cleveland Cavaliers or San Antonio Spurs, but they have depth.