The Northwest Division produced the NBA Finals champion this past season, with the Denver Nuggets claiming their first league title in franchise history. It was hardly a close race for the division crown in 2022-23, but there’s reason to believe things could be closer this time around.
A pair of up-and-coming challengers could make some serious noise in the regular season, and it’s always possible for the mighty to fall — especially since they now have a massive target on their proverbial backs.
Here are the latest NBA Northwest Division betting odds for the 2023-24 season.
NBA Northwest Division Betting Odds 2023
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Caesars Sportsbook provides NBA lines for the 2024 NBA Northwest winner, which are current as of Thursday, July 6, at 9 a.m. ET:
- Denver Nuggets (-400)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (+550)
- Oklahoma City Thunder (+700)
- Utah Jazz (+3500)
- Portland Trail Blazers (+6000)
Who Will Win The NBA Northwest Division?
Denver Nuggets (-400)
Caesars Sportsbook • WAGER: 2 Units
The Nuggets are pretty significant favorites over their top challenger in the Northwest, and for good reason. Denver won the division by 11 games in 2022-23 and was one of only two teams to advance to the postseason.
The defending champions did lose some important pieces over the summer, including all-around swingman Bruce Brown and Jeff Green, but this is still a deep team with some impressive younger pieces who could improve this year.
Until they get knocked off their pedestal, I see no reason to bet against the Nuggets to repeat as Northwest Division champions. As long as they have the NBA’s best player in Nikola Jokić, they’ll be in good hands.
Ignore the price tag and make this your NBA bet of the day.
NBA Northwest Division Favorites
Minnesota Timberwolves (+550)
The Timberwolves have one of the brightest young stars in the league in Anthony Edwards, and he appears to be in it for the long run. The 21-year-old agreed to a five-year maximum extension with Minnesota this summer, cementing his place as the face of the franchise.
However, if the Wolves are to compete for the Northwest Division crown and beyond, they’ll need to surround Edwards with more talent. Karl-Anthony Towns is a great second or third option, but as it stands, this team still has plenty of ground to make up.
This (+550) price tag may look appealing, but I wouldn’t even count on Minnesota being the second-best team in the Northwest, let alone finishing No. 1.
Oklahoma City Thunder (+700)
Caesars Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.5 Units
If you’re looking for value, Oklahoma City is the way to go. The Thunder earned 16 more wins in 2022-23 than they did in the previous season, and they (largely) have All-NBA guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to thank for that.
This is hardly a one-man band, though. Between Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, and Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City has an enviable amount of young talent, and the franchise has a plethora of future first-round picks that it could ship out at a moment’s notice in an attempt to acquire a superstar.
This may not be the year for the Thunder, but they’re coming. They’ll be a playoff team this season, and if a few things break in their favor, they could be a sneaky-good choice to earn their first Northwest Division title since 2016.
NBA Northwest Division Contender
Utah Jazz (+3500)
The Jazz began the 2022-23 season with a bang before fizzling out in mid-November. Their 10-3 start was propelled by sharpshooting forward Lauri Markkanen, who earned his first All-Star appearance after averaging a career-high 25.6 points per game.
Utah strengthened its frontcourt over the summer by adding John Collins, and second-year big man Walker Kessler already looks like one of the league’s most threatening shot-blockers. The future is bright for the Jazz.
- See where Kessler ranks in the NBA Most Improved Player race.
With that said, Utah still has a little ways to go before it can truly compete with the top teams in the Northwest Division, let alone the Western Conference. There is some value here at (+3500), but your money is better spent elsewhere.
NBA Northwest Division Sleeper
Portland Trail Blazers (+6000)
With Damian Lillard on his way out of Rip City, it’s no surprise to see the Trail Blazers in a distant fifth place in the Northwest Division.
That doesn’t mean this team won’t be exciting to watch. Rookie Scoot Henderson can now compete for the No. 1 role in Portland’s offense, and the franchise is likely to return some talented pieces from whichever team it deals Lillard to.
With that said, it’ll be a little while before the Blazers are competing for the division title again.