Betting On Western Conference Online

In the NBA, the West is still best. At least it has been for the past few years in the NBA. The West no longer has teams in the seventh and eighth seeds with better records than their Eastern Conference counterparts, but the top of their standings is far more elite. [+]

This pecking order can be broken up into different tiers based on the team’s level of play. There are five groupings in which the teams are divided:The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are in the elite group. This is a no brainer, as they are not only the top two teams in the West, but in the entire league.


The Houston Rockets and, to a lesser extent, the Los Angeles Clippers round out the West’s once-deeper list of championship contenders. Of the two, the Rockets are the more dangerous option. General manager Daryl Morey has assembled a cast and crew that can keep pace offensively with anyone in the league, including the Warriors. Their defense is sometimes an issue, but that’s only really a huge problem against Golden State and San Antonio. The Clippers, meanwhile, are right there. But injuries continue to rip their way through the core each and every season, and it’s unclear whether they’ll keep the Big Three of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan intact for much longer. 


The Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder make up the West’s suddenly shallow pool of bubble teams. Oklahoma City is probably the weakest of these bubble squads after losing Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook still makes them good, but unlike the Grizzlies and Jazz, it would take more than a few things to break their way for them to be legitimate threats in the West.


This tier is made up of the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves—squads that can sometimes be promising, but are nowhere near good enough to move up a tier. All of them, though, have the potential climb up the ladder in the near future—particularly the Pelicans (DeMarcus Cousins trade), Timberwolves (awesome young core) and Nuggets (Nikola Jokic breakout).

Throw the Dallas Mavericks in here, too. They are right on the fringes, closer to basement-dwellers, but head coach Rick Carlisle always seems to carve enough production out of whatever talent he’s working with to at least keep the Mavericks somewhat relevant. 


Down here we have the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings. While the Lakers and Suns have enough quality young talent in place to make you believe they might usurp some of the teams ahead of them in the near future, the Kings are in the early stages of a rebuilding process after trading DeMarcus Cousins. They were a crummy team to begin with and are now even worse—in an unpredictable way, no less. Put them on the back burner of your betting repertoire. It makes more sense to monitor to Suns’ and Lakers’ progress within this tier. 

NBA Western Conference Sports Betting Odds

The best games in the Association this year have been Western Conference battles, and it’s no surprise with the caliber of teams in the upper echelon of talent in the conference. [+]

As per the five groupings, the odds for betting on teams follows the same trend. Get in the habit of checking these odds with your favorite sportsbook.

Different websites have different returns, and you’ll want to make sure you’re submitting wagers using the most accurate information from whatever sportsbooks of which you are a member.

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FT Cleveland Cavaliers 120 - 129 Warriors +340 -385 Odds

What Are The Current NBA Western Conference Standings

As playoffs near, some teams will be playing for the postseason or trying to better their position, while others might continue to lose to get into a better draft pick. Track of the progress in the wins and loss column right here. [+]

Use the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs as a measuring stick on the futures front. If teams are within sniffing distance of their record, you’re free to look into them as dark-horse big-picture plays. Whatever squads are light years behind them, though, should be considered taboo for your purposes.

# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 53 29 8857 8641 0.646
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 51 31 8762 8417 0.622
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 31 51 8556 8857 0.378
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 28 54 8400 8867 0.341
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 20 62 8673 9225 0.244
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 51 31 9048 8787 0.622
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 42 40 8497 8512 0.512
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 42 40 8618 8636 0.512
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 41 41 8435 8400 0.500
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 37 45 8309 8401 0.451
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 49 33 8953 8805 0.598
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 43 39 8459 8529 0.524
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 41 41 8460 8373 0.500
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8601 8585 0.439
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 29 53 8288 8827 0.354
WC - Northwest Division
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 51 31 8258 7935 0.622
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 47 35 8741 8679 0.573
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 41 41 8851 8894 0.500
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 40 42 9161 9119 0.488
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 31 51 8657 8748 0.378
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 67 15 9503 8549 0.817
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 51 31 8911 8559 0.622
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 32 50 8430 8748 0.390
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 26 56 8575 9139 0.317
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 24 58 8831 9293 0.293
WC - Southwest Division
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 61 21 8637 8047 0.744
2 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 55 27 9458 8985 0.671
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 43 39 8239 8199 0.524
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 34 48 8556 8728 0.415
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8029 8269 0.402

Best Of The West

It’s good that the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are so dominant, because it makes for easy futures betting.

At the same time, though, your mission when betting on the Western Conference should be to maximize your returns by sussing out worthy dark horses. 

This isn’t to say you should be throwing money and bets at any old team and hope to be successful. Instead, the goal is to try finding squads that could, quite feasibly, beat either the Warriors or Spurs in a seven-game series, then work their odds accordingly.

Only one team looks like it’s a real threat on this front right now: the Houston Rockets. They have built a floor-spacing terror, and if a few things go their way, they’ll be equipped to outgun San Antonio or, less likely, Golden State in a playoff date. 

Give some residual consideration to the Utah Jazz here, too. They are scrappy as anyone when they’re at full strength and can force the Warriors outside their comfort zone by accentuating half-court pace. That doesn’t give them a marked edge over the Spurs, but again, it’s equally important to find long-shot Warriors kryptonite options.

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