The National Basketball Association consists of 30 teams, divided into two conferences, The Eastern Conference, and the Western Conference. NBA Conferences are then divided into three divisions of five teams. The Western Conference was originally called the Western Division from 1946 to 1970, and to this day, is considered the stronger of the two conferences.
The 2021/22 NBA Playoffs will take play between April 16 and June 19, which means there are only a few months left before we’re heading to the Finals once again. With 8 from each Conference progressing, who will it be in the West?
Western Conference Games Odds
NBA Western Conference Winner Odds
The 2022/23 Western Conference winners odds were last updated on October 19, 2021:
|2022/23 NBA Western Conference Winners Odds|
|Golden State Warriors||+325||+325||+320|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+350||+330||+330|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+1150||+1100||+1100|
Things seem to be shaping up to be a California victory for the 2022/23 Western Conference Finals with the Warriors and Clippers in the top spots.
How to Bet on the NBA Western Conference
When betting on the Western Conference of the NBA, you will be betting on something called a futures bet. Futures are an extremely popular betting option for professional sports as you can predict the winner of a game, tournament, or league months in advance – and make some big bucks if you’re right.
Many futures have higher odds, as it is harder to predict the winner of event months or even a year in advance. When you place your futures bet, you can cash it out before the team’s odds are dashed (i.e. if your team got kicked out of the playoffs, you’d need to cash out before then), meaning the more time between your bet and the event, the more money you’d make.
If you understand NBA odds, you are already well on betting on the Western Conference Champions.
The Northwest Division Odds
The Northwest division had its inaugural season in 2004-2005 after the Charlotte Bobcats were named the 30th NBA team. The Oklahoma City Thunder holds the record for most Northwest division titles with six.
|Portland Trail Blazers||+1000||+1000||+1050|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+25000||+25000||+25000|
Pacific Division Odds
The Pacific Division had its inaugural season in 1970-1971 when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams. The Pacific Division is home to some of the most talented teams in the NBA, with The Los Angeles Lakers, having 31 NBA Championship titles and the Golden State Warriors having 8.
A Pacific Division team has won eight NBA titles in the past ten seasons.
|Golden State Warriors||+190||+200||+190|
|Los Angeles Clippers||+200||+200||+200|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+850||+850||+850|
Southwest Division Odds
The Southwest Division was added to the Western Conference in the 2004-2005 season when the 30th team was added to the league. The division has some of the most historically competitive franchises, with the Spurs leading the way with nine Southwest division titles and six NBA Championship Titles.
|New Orleans Pelicans||+400||+400||+420|
|San Antonio Spurs||+50000||+50000||+50000|
Past Western Conference Champions
- 2022 - Golden State Warriors
- 2021 - Utah Jazz
- 2020 - Los Angeles Lakers
- 2019 - Golden State Warriors
- 2018 - Golden State Warriors
- 2017 - Golden State Warriors
- 2016 - Golden State Warriors
- 2015 - Golden State Warriors
- 2014 - San Antonio Spurs
- 2013 - San Antonio Spurs
- 2012 - Oklahoma City Thunder
- 2011 - Dallas Mavericks
- 2010 - Los Angeles Lakers
Most Western Conference Championships by Franchise
- Los Angeles Lakers (Formerly Minneapolis Lakers) - 31
- Golden State Warriors (Formerly San Francisco Warriors) - 9
- San Antonio Spurs - 6 Houston Rockets - 4
- Atlanta Hawks (Formerly St. Louis Hawks) - 4
- Oklahoma City Thunder (Formerly Seattle SuperSonics) - 4
Top Online Sportsbooks for Betting on the NBA Western Conference
If you’re planning to bet on the Western Conference odds or any of the divisional odds, you will need to find an online sportsbook to place your wagers. Online sportsbooks have a stigma around them that they aren’t safe or secure, but that is far from the truth. Many of the top online sportsbooks are far superior to any retail sportsbook you may find in the United States.
When you sign up at an online sportsbook, you want to first make sure that they offer the NBA Western Conference odds that you want to bet on, and it is helpful to shop around at a few different sportsbooks to find the sportsbook with the best odds. Not all sportsbooks have the same lines, so you can always find the best value possible when shopping for a sportsbook.
Ensuring that your preferred sportsbook offers the deposit options you want, and special NBA bonuses are always an added treat. If you plan to bet throughout the NBA Playoffs and Finals, many bonuses have very attainable rollover requirements that you can achieve in that amount of time or less.
This sounds like a lot of work, and frankly, we don’t want you to have to spend so much time doing the research. We had our experts review all of the top online sportsbooks and we wrote sportsbook reviews to help you find all of this information in one place. You can find all of that information on our sportsbook reviews page.
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Who won the last Western Confernece?
The last Western Conference title was won by the Boston Celtics, who lost out in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.
Where is best to bet on the NBA Western Conference?
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Are NBA Western Conference props available?
Props are available throughout the season, specifically for teams to make it to the Playoffs.
Can I wager on the Western Conference futures?
Western Conference futures are available throughout the regular season, as well as in the offseason as we prepare for another year of NBA action.
How many teams are in the Western Conference?
The Western and Eastern Conferences both feature 15 teams.