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Breaking down odds on which NBA teams will make the playoffs in 2021-22 season

The Chicago Bulls, who made a couple of noticeable moves in the offseason, could be in line to make the playoffs this upcoming season.

Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls smiles during the second quarter of the NBA game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on May 09, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

With the NBA Summer League wrapping up in Las Vegas and the Christmas Day schedule starting to leak out, it is time to look forward to another exciting season in the association.

This offseason, we saw a lot of moves starting with the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring former MVP Russell Westbrook in a massive blockbuster trade from the Washington Wizards. Then there was the Chicago Bulls, who added both Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan via sign and trades. Finally, the Miami Heat made their big offseason splash acquiring Kyle Lowry in a trade from the Toronto Raptors.

Last season, we saw three new teams in the East (Hawks, Knicks, Wizards) make the playoffs that did not participate in 2019-20 and two teams in the West (Suns, Grizzlies). Who will be the newcomers this upcoming season? To answer that question and more, we’ll take a look at the recently dropped playoff odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Chicago Bulls (-155) to make the playoffs

The Bulls are one of the more obvious choice to potentially make the playoffs after the changes they made at the trade deadline and in free agency. If you forgot, at the trade deadline Chicago acquired All-Star center Nikola Vucevic to pair with first-time All-Star and Olympian Zach LaVine. In 26 games with Chicago, Vucevic averaged 21.5 points, and 11.5 rebounds per game.

Then to kick off free agency, the Bulls bolstered their starting lineup with the sign and trade additions of Ball and DeRozan. Ball is coming off a career-year with the Pelicans, where he averaged 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. He also shot 37.8 from three-point range. DeRozan, however, has missed the playoffs the last two seasons with the Spurs, but is looking to change that with Chicago. If there’s any season for the Bulls to make that playoff push, the time is now.

Washington Wizards (+400) to make the playoffs

The Wizards made the playoffs last season as the 8th seed, but are a noticeable underdog this upcoming season with Westbrook off to Los Angeles. It will be an entirely new Wizards’ team led by first-year head coach Wes Unseld Jr. Unseld will have the dubious task of trying to get Washington back to the playoffs for the second-straight year.

However, he won’t have to do it alone as he still has Bradley Beal, who averaged a career-high 31.3 points per game last season. Despite not having Westbrook by his side, Beal still has a solid core of players surrounding him in Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Aaron Holiday, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. And not too mention, the Wizards still have Deni Avdija, Rui Hachiumura, Davis Bertans, and Daniel Gafford. On paper, this team does not look bad at all and could sneak their way in the playoffs via the play-in tournament.

Memphis Grizzlies (-105) to make the playoffs

In the Western Conference, the Grizzlies have -105 odds to make the playoffs, but have -115 odds to miss the postseason next season. This comes as a surprise since the Grizzlies have shown progress over the last two seasons. They went from losing in the play-in tournament in the 2020 bubble to advancing out of the play-in tourney in 2021 and giving the Utah Jazz a tough first-round series this past season.

The Grizzlies did make a noticeable move this offseason, trading away Jonas Valanciunas to the New Orleans Pelicans for Steven Adams. Then on Tuesday, they traded Patrick Beverley to the Timberwolves for Jarrett Culver and Juan Hernangomez. But outside of those moves, the Grizzlies return the same team. The only way Memphis doesn’t make the playoffs is if the Golden State Warriors take their spot, which is not out of the realm of possibility.

2021-22 NBA odds to make playoffs

Team Odds Odds
Team Odds Odds
ATL Hawks Yes -525 No +400
BKN Nets Yes -20000 No +4000
BOS Celtics Yes -525 No +400
CHA Hornets No -215 Yes +175
CHI Bulls Yes -155 No +130
CLE Cavaliers No -8000 Yes +2000
DAL Mavericks Yes -650 No +475
DEN Nuggets Yes -475 No +360
DET Pistons No -8000 Yes +2000
GS Warriors Yes -600 No +425
HOU Rockets No -6000 Yes +1600
IND Pacers Yes -170 No +140
LA Clippers Yes -300 No +235
LA Lakers Yes -3500 No +1300
MEM Grizzlies No -115 Yes -105
MIA Heat Yes -900 No +600
MIL Bucks Yes -8000 No +2000
MIN Timberwolves No -750 Yes +525
NO Pelicans No -210 Yes +170
NY Knicks Yes -135 No +115
OKC Thunder No -10000 Yes +2200
ORL Magic No -10000 Yes +2200
PHI 76ers Yes -2000 No +1000
PHO Suns Yes -3500 No +1300
POR Trail Blazers Yes -235 No +190
SA Spurs No -3000 Yes +1100
SAC Kings No -525 Yes +400
TOR Raptors No -330 Yes +260
UTA Jazz Yes -3000 No +1300
WAS Wizards No -525 Yes +400

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