NBA Western Conference Betting Lines

The NBA’s Western Conference is one of the two main conferences along with the Eastern Conference. As of 2015, the conference has 15 teams divided into three divisions of five teams. The three division winners and next five best teams advance to the NBA playoffs where the eventual winner, the Western Conference champion, faces the Eastern Conference champion in the NBA Finals. The conference adopted its new division format in 2004 when the league expanded to 30 teams. [+]

New Orleans moved from the East as the Charlotte Hornets franchise took its place. The Los Angeles Lakers hold the most Western Conference titles.

NBA West Scores And Standings

You can view the Western Conference’s team standings below and look at the other conference as well. Other than win-loss records, points (+) and points against (-) are listed.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 49 35 14 5040 4818 0.714
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 46 32 14 5117 4775 0.696
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 44 23 21 4766 4707 0.523
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 49 21 28 5144 5223 0.429
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 48 18 30 5074 5213 0.375
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 46 27 19 5039 5041 0.587
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 48 26 22 5107 5050 0.542
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 46 24 22 4820 4880 0.522
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 46 22 24 4698 4695 0.478
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 48 18 30 4975 5230 0.375
EC - Southeast Division
1 Miami Heat Miami Heat 48 27 21 4832 4874 0.563
2 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 48 26 22 5119 5068 0.542
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 46 19 27 4856 4861 0.413
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 47 14 33 4938 5183 0.298
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 47 14 33 4857 5051 0.298
WC - Northwest Division
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 51 31 20 5564 5411 0.608
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 48 28 20 5073 4880 0.583
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 48 26 22 5017 4959 0.542
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 48 25 23 5110 5079 0.521
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 48 20 28 4873 4914 0.417
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 49 39 10 5690 5257 0.796
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 47 23 24 5063 5057 0.489
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 47 18 29 5011 5164 0.383
4 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 48 17 31 5057 5385 0.354
5 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 48 15 33 4696 5107 0.313
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 46 34 12 5250 4890 0.739
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 50 32 18 5052 4869 0.640
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 47 26 21 5217 5198 0.553
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 47 17 30 4669 4803 0.362
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 48 16 32 4916 4998 0.333

Bet On NBA Western Conference Games

You can bet on Western Conference games in many ways but you will have to get used to the money line. This is the place where you bet for a team to win straight up. You will notice two types of numbers listed: a minus number and plus number. The former indicates the favorite while the latter indicates an underdog. Favorites are expected to win so the return is smaller while underdogs are expected to lose so the profit is larger. For example, -150 means a $150 bet will return $100 while +150 means $150 is returned on a $100 bet.

A new type of western: it used to be conventional wisdom that the Western Conference was a superior conference to the East. It wasn’t uncommon for winning teams to miss the playoffs and during two seasons, all eight playoff teams finished with at least 50 wins. But 2016 saw the paradigm shift when over half the playoff teams had fewer than 45 wins mostly due to the historic seasons the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs had. This could be a one-season thing or it could represent a new trend.

West not always best: NBA teams play at least 30 games against the other conference, accounting for just over a third of their total games. Before assuming the Western Conference is stronger than the East or vice versa, it’s best to look up how well the teams do facing the other conference. A lot of things factor in here outside home and road records like the travel and the fatigue (some intra-conference games involve long road trips with little rest).

Picking the odd teams out: for the most part, the playoff picture remains almost unchanged from one season to the next but at least one or two teams fall in or out. Playing a prop bet on an outlier making it into the playoffs or a playoff staple falling out can be a lucrative exercise especially if you’ve done the homework with how offseason changes can affect teams in the long-term.