- The Golden State Warriors are +105 underdogs to make the playoffs this year.
- The Charlotte Hornets have +165 odds to get through the play-in tournament.
- The Washington Wizards are listed at +150 to make the playoffs despite recent success.
LAS VEGAS – Sports betting sites have listed odds for which teams will make the playoffs in the NBA this season and some those teams feature the best players in the NBA.
It should be noted that making it to the new extended postseason tournament doesn’t count, they must pass through the tournament and make the actual playoffs.
The Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards are all underdogs to make the playoffs according to the betting odds.
The Golden State Warriors (+105)
Despite Steph Curry being on his way to a scoring title, the Golden State Warriors will almost certainly be in the play-in tournament this postseason. The Warriors currently hold a half-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies for the all important eighth spot in the Western Conference.
For those who don’t know, being in eighth gives you two chances to win one game as opposed to being in ninth where you have to win two games without the option of losing.
The Warriors end their season with a game against the Grizzlies in what could be a pivotal matchup for the standings.
Generally, it’s probably too early to tell whether the Warriors will make the playoffs, which is likely the reason that online sportsbooks have the odds set nearly at EVEN.
If Golden State can hang on to the eighth seed, they will have a significantly better shot than if they fall to ninth.
The Charlotte Hornets (+165)
The Charlotte Hornets are in the same boat as the Warriors. They are currently in eighth place with a one-game lead over the Indiana Pacers who are in ninth. With +165 odds, this could be a good value bet.
LaMelo Ball has returned to the lineup and instantly makes the team better on the offensive end of the floor. However, mostly everything said for the Warriors applies to the Hornets. Charlotte needs to hold on to the eighth seed to give themselves a real shot.
The Washington Wizards (+150)
While the Hornets are one game ahead of the Pacers, they are only 1.5 games ahead of the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards somewhat control their own fate. They will play both Indiana and Charlotte before the season ends which could propel them into the eight seed themselves.
Washington has also been playing well recently, winning 12 of their last 15 games. They have a style of play that could work extremely well in a play-in style format, just making the game a shootout and hoping for the best.
Washington has issues on defense, but the team is scoring an average of 126.5 points per game over their last 15 contests.
Those betting on the NBA may find a lot of value in the Wizards due to their possibility of getting the eighth seed as well as their ability to flat out outscore opposing teams.