NBA Central Betting Lines

The Central Division is one of the NBA Eastern Conference’s divisions and was created at the start of the 1970-1971 season when the league expanded to 17 teams. As of 2015, the division’s participants are the: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks. The Pistons have the most division titles although the division has been one of the most competitive in the NBA historically. [+]

Each team has close to the same amount of division titles. During the 2005-2006 season, the division became the first to have all of its teams in the playoffs since the NBA moved to this new format.

Odds On NBA Central Games

Check the latest betting odds and scores for the most recent Central Division games right here. Be sure to check for any last-minute updates before making a bet. 

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FT Cleveland Cavaliers 120 - 129 Warriors +340 -303 Odds

NBA Central Scores And Standings

The Central Division’s standings are below. You can also see the rest of the standings by division. The (+) and (-) indicate points scored by and against the team, respectively. 

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 53 29 8857 8641 0.646
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 51 31 8762 8417 0.622
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 31 51 8556 8857 0.378
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 28 54 8400 8867 0.341
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 20 62 8673 9225 0.244
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 51 31 9048 8787 0.622
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 42 40 8497 8512 0.512
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 42 40 8618 8636 0.512
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 41 41 8435 8400 0.500
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 37 45 8309 8401 0.451
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 49 33 8953 8805 0.598
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 43 39 8459 8529 0.524
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 41 41 8460 8373 0.500
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8601 8585 0.439
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 29 53 8288 8827 0.354
WC - Northwest Division
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 51 31 8258 7935 0.622
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 47 35 8741 8679 0.573
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 41 41 8851 8894 0.500
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 40 42 9161 9119 0.488
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 31 51 8657 8748 0.378
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 67 15 9503 8549 0.817
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 51 31 8911 8559 0.622
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 32 50 8430 8748 0.390
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 26 56 8575 9139 0.317
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 24 58 8831 9293 0.293
WC - Southwest Division
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 61 21 8637 8047 0.744
2 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 55 27 9458 8985 0.671
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 43 39 8239 8199 0.524
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 34 48 8556 8728 0.415
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8029 8269 0.402

Bet On NBA Central Games

There’s a lot of fun ways to bet on the Central Division. A prop bet (more below) on who wins the division is a key bet but the bread-and-butter of betting comes down to the straight bet on the money line. Here, you will bet one of two teams to win: either the favorite (minus symbol) or the underdog (plus symbol). These numbers indicate the return on your bet with minus giving you less and plus giving you more. To simplify, a -300 bet means you win $100 from a $300 bet but a +300 is the opposite and you win $300 from a $100 bet.

The King’s Court: very few players have as much impact on the division (or the league) as LeBron James. The greatest player of his generation single-handedly determines whether his team, the Cavaliers are division champions or fodder. Outside his first two seasons, the Cavs finish in the division’s top two when he plays for them. But they finished in the bottom in three of the four seasons he didn’t. The balance of power shifts dramatically whether the King is present or not.

The beasts of the East: unlike the Atlantic Division, the Central Division has been a rugged and tough division generally filled with playoff-caliber teams. From 2007 to 2016, four of the division’s five teams all claimed the division title. The teams generally play each other close throughout. In the 2015-2016 season, the Cavaliers won the division by 12 games but only had a 50 percent winning rate against the division.

Get the point across: if the money line isn’t to your liking, you can try playing the point spread. This system tries to even out the money you spend by giving the teams a number to cover. If you bet the minus spread like -7.5, it means the team needs to win by more than 7.5 points but betting the plus spread like +4.5 means the team cannot lose by more than 4.5 points. If this team outright wins, the bet still wins.