2021-22 NBA Playoff Specials: What Teams Will Make Postseason?

  • BetOnline‘s NBA Playoff Specials place odds on what teams will make the postseason in 2021-22
  • The Nets (-10000) and Bucks (-10000) are viewed as the surest bets to grab a playoff spot
  • The Clippers would be in danger of missing the dance (+215) if Paul George gets hurt this year

The NBA will be back before you know it. Since the 2021 NBA Finals didn’t wrap up until the end of July, it will be another short offseason for the league’s players with the basketball calendar starting up this October.

We’ve already looked at NBA championship futures, the odds to win NBA MVP and opening Team Win Totals. Now it’s time to make our picks on what clubs will make and miss the NBA playoffs this season. Before we get started, here’s where you can find tips and advice for betting on basketball.

NBA – Odds To Make Playoffs

BetOnlineTo Make PlayoffsOdds
Atlanta HawksYes-550
No+375
Boston CelticsYes-600
No+400
Brooklyn NetsYes-10000
No+2500
Charlotte HornetsNo-220
Yes+180
Chicago BullsYes-145
No+115
Cleveland CavaliersNo-4000
Yes+1600
Dallas MavericksYes-650
No+450
Denver NuggetsYes-650
No+450
Detroit PistonsNo-10000
Yes+2500
Golden State WarriorsYes-600
No+400
Houston RocketsNo-2500
Yes+1200
Indiana PacersYes-175
No+145
Los Angeles ClippersYes-275
No+215
Los Angeles LakersYes-3300
No+1400
Memphis GrizzliesNo-130
Yes+100
Miami HeatYes-1100
No+650
Milwaukee BucksYes-10000
No+2500
Minnesota TimberwolvesNo-800
Yes+550
New Orleans PelicansNo-200
Yes+160
New York KnicksYes-155
No+125
Oklahoma City ThunderNo-10000
Yes+2500
Orlando MagicNo-10000
Yes+2500
Philadelphia 76ersYes-2000
No+1000
Phoenix SunsYes-2500
No+1200
Portland Trail BlazersYes-225
No+185
Sacramento KingsNo-450
Yes+325
San Antonio SpursNo-1800
Yes+900
Toronto RaptorsNo-325
Yes+250
Utah JazzYes-5000
No+1800
Washington WizardsNo-700
Yes+450

Best Bets to miss the postseason

Los Angeles Clippers (+215). They put up a good fight against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Western Conference Finals without Kawhi Leonard. But with their superstar forward expected to miss most if not all of the 2021-22 season, can Paul George be expected to carry their mediocre roster over the course of a full year.

The 31-year-old has a rich injury history himself and if he goes down even for a month, the Clippers would be hard pressed to grab a playoff spot in the loaded West.

Indiana Pacers (+145). Larry Bird brought in former Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle on a four-year, $29 million deal. Other than this possible coaching upgrade, however, there’s not much reason to get excited about a Pacers team that made no significant offseason additions after finishing four games under-.500 last year.

Los Angeles ClippersTo Miss Playoffs
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Best Bets to make playoffs

Charlotte Hornets (+180). Injuries stung the Hornets last year, causing them to plummet from fourth to 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. But they had a good thing going with free-agent addition Gordon Hayward, No. 3 overall pick LaMelo Ball and guard Terry Rozier.

While this summer’s additions of Kelly Oubre, Ish Smith, Wes Iwundu and Mason Plumlee certainly won’t light the world on fire, Charlotte will make the playoffs with growth from LaMelo and improved injury luck.

Memphis Grizzlies (+100). The loss of Jonas Valanciunas will hurt, but Steven Adams should fill in admirably. Jaren Jackson Jr. is poised to play a full season after missing most of last year and the team’s other young cornerstone, Ja Morant Jr., should continue to transcend toward superstardom in his third season.

While it won’t be easy in a loaded Western Conference, the Grizz could benefit from a Paul George injury (as described above) or the Portland Trailblazers taking a step back under new head coach Jason Kidd and disgruntled superstar Damian Lillard.

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