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NBA Central Division Odds, Predictions & Preview for 2021-22 Season

Jason Schandl
NBA season odds & predictions for the Central Division in 2021-22, including NBA Championship odds for the Bucks, Bulls, Pacers, Cavaliers & Pistons.
NBA season odds & predictions for the Central Division in 2021-22, including NBA Championship odds for the Bucks, Bulls, Pacers, Cavaliers & Pistons. / Jonathan Daniel/GettyImages
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While some of the major storylines of the NBA offseason have been about off-court issues, a little normalcy is just around the corner in the basketball world. The regular season is set to tip off on Tuesday, October 19.

With the season nearing, The Duel is giving you a look at how each division is shaking up. Here's a rundown of the betting odds and predictions for the Central Division, based on NBA betting lines from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Odds to Win the Central Division

1. Bucks (-750)

2. Bulls (+1000)

3. Pacers (+1000)

4. Cavaliers (+12000)

5. Pistons (+12000)

Odds to Make the Playoffs

1. Bucks (Yes: -10000 | No: +2200)

2. Bulls (Yes: -194 | No: +156)

3. Pacers (Yes: -150 | No: +122)

4. Cavaliers (Yes: +1800 | No: -8000)

5. Pistons (Yes: +1800 | No: -8000)

Odds to Win the Eastern Conference

1. Bucks (+300)

2. Bulls (+2600)

3. Pacers (+3000)

4. Cavaliers (+21000)

5. Pistons (+21000)

NBA Championship Odds

1. Bucks (+650)

2. Bulls (+6000)

3. Pacers (+10000)

4. Cavaliers (+25000)

5. Pistons (+25000)

Central Division Prediction 2021-22

The projection models on numberFire project the Milwaukee Bucks to win the Central division with 55 wins. They are also projected for the best chance of winning the NBA Championship in the division, at 8.2%.

The remaining projections put the Indiana Pacers in second with 42 wins, Chicago Bulls in third with 37 wins, the Detroit Pistons in fourth with 26 wins and the Cleveland Cavaliers in fifth with 22 wins.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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