Are The Bucks A Lock To Win The Central Division?

  • The Milwaukee Bucks have -450 odds to win the Central Division.
  • The Chicago Bulls odds to win the Central Division are +275.

MILWAUKEE – With the NBA season still in the beginning stages, the division championship odds all still offer great payouts. Looking at the Central Division though, the Milwaukee Bucks are heavily favored to win.

NBA Central Division Odds

  • Milwaukee Bucks -450
  • Chicago Bulls +275
  • Indiana Pacers +4500
  • Cleveland Cavaliers +20000
  • Detroit Pistons +70000

Even though online betting sites have the Bucks favored to win, there is reason to believe that they will have to overcome some obstacles to get there. One challenge that they have dealt with is injuries to key players such as Brook Lopez, George Lopez, and Donte DiVincenzo.

However, they have learned to play around those injuries as they have a 14-8 record which is tied for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Running Of The Bulls

One of the Bucks main challenges will be the resurgence of the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are currently tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the Central Division with a 14-8 record as well.

Many questioned whether the Bulls were legit or not being that they had a lot of new players coming in such as Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, and Derrick Jones Jr.

Looking at DeRozan, he has had a quiet past three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs not going over 23 ppg. During his first season with the Chicago Bulls, he has come out swinging as he is leading the team with 25.6 ppg.

Lonzo Ball leads the Bulls in assists with 4.8 per game, Caruso leads in steals with 2.2, and Jones Jr. leads the team in blocks with 0.8 per game.

Not only are the Bulls new players outperforming their roles, but longer-tenured players such as Zach LaVine have been putting up tremendous numbers as well with 25.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 3.7 apg.

The Bulls match up with the Bucks very well as they each have tremendous scorers as well as elite defenders.

All in all, the Bucks NBA odds are favored being that they are the defending champs, but Chicago’s newfound momentum could work in their favor as they continue to match Milwaukee’s record.