Odds of Beating the Milwaukee Bucks in a Playoff Series: Part Two, Northwest Division

Hello Bucks fans! After leading with the Southwest Division last week, we’ll be moving on to what I think is the most confusing division in the NBA, the Northwest Division, heading into the regular season. There are a lot of uncertainties about this group, and I think the race to the top is actually closer than you think. I will also be evaluating my expectations from last season at this time. Let’s get into it.

Oklahoma City Thunder

2021-22 Ranking: 24-58
2021-22 odds: 1,000,000 to 1

Yes, those odds were pretty ridiculous, but even so, I didn’t even make a serious post about this team last year. Even with Chet Holmgren’s injury, which will knock them out of any little hope they have in the post-season berth, this team still isn’t very good. But, they have the ingredients for something solid that could be a fun team to watch.

For example, Shay Gilgus Alexander scored nearly 25 points per game last season, and had a 25-5-5 streak overall. Rookie Josh Gedi was the other starting guard, and he had a 13-8-6 streak. This is the start of a young and possibly great back court in the future. Then I look around and see a variety of other promising players like Luguentz Dort, Alexsei Pokusevski, Tre Mann and Darius Bazley. They don’t have useless veterans stealing minutes, and they also have a few other freshmen in Usman Deng, Galen Williams, and Jalen Williams (puzzling, isn’t it?).

Replacing Holmgren won’t be easy, but in a sense Don’t really replace it If you are considering a promotion from last season. Pokusevski, Jaylin Williams and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl all have some potential, especially Poku, so it’s not such a deal-breaking injury. This team is too small to begin with, and growing pains won’t be much at this point. Hopefully in his career, he’ll be on the field just fine next season when he’s actually the dark horse for post-season.

2022-23 Odds: 1,000 to 1

Utah Jazz

2021-22 standings: 49-33
2021-22 odds; until

Well, jazz almost rank below thunder. But forget it for a second, I had the jazz “up” with the bucks. Aside from Brooklyn, I don’t think I had anyone with a higher rating last season. “Utah is again the best in the West, and I think they’ve improved.” Yikes. Well, they were strong, and with everything that went wrong, winning 50 games is pretty good. I mentioned that a few obscure veterans like Rudy Gay and Hassan Whiteside would make the difference to the next step when they came off the bench, and that didn’t happen. Has anyone really seen the fall of jazz so hard, so fast, or was it just me?

With Rudi Gobert now going to the Timberwolves, Patrick Beverly has flipped to LakersAnd now Donovan Mitchell is on his way to Cleveland Cavaliers-What did jazz leave? Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, and Ochai Agbaji are a good package along with the first three unprotected items and two choice swaps. Owner Beasley, Tallinn Horton Tucker, and Jared Vanderbilt are a nice trio, too. Youngsters like Walker Kessler, Nickel Alexander Walker and Jared Butler are nice players. They also still have veterans to trade in Bojan Bogdanovich, Mike Conley and possibly Jordan Clarkson. There are a lot of beautiful pieces in Utah already.

If they play their drafts over the next half-decade, the Jazz have the chance to truly become one of the most stocked teams in the NBA. For now, the Markkanen-Sixton-Bisley trio won’t cut it. Are those big three at this point if they swap vets? I really do not know. Maybe it will be jazz under the thunder. Let’s just relate them, that way while we know they won’t be good, I will also not be wrong about who is worse.

2022-23 odds: 1000 to 1

Portland Trail Blazers

2021-22 standings: 27-55
2021-22 odds: 25-1

Well, last season we were talking about a potential deal between Simmons for Portland in exchange for CJ McCollum and others. I said that if someone like Anfernee Simons or Nassir Little could step up and play junior-caliber basketball, this team might do better than 2020-21. I said the seat was a random jumble of rubbish, which was very subtle. To be fair, Simmons actually stepped up, but only because Damian Lillard and McCollum weren’t around. I also said, and that’s where I’m going to give myself up because I said “If I took him (Lillard) away from this team, they’d be in a race for Holmgren or Jaden Hardy (stealing for the Mavs here?) in the draft.” That was accurate, that’s it exactly How did you play.

Now, Portland has been renovated. They have Damien Lillard back and healthy. They now have Anfernee Simons in the role of CJ McCollum. Josef Nurkic averaged a double when playing, so he should be good. You can then add a really strong semi-star in the Jerami Grant from Detroit to go in a slot forward, and now you have the foundation of something here. I’m not sure about the rest of the list.

They brought in Finals champion Gary Payton II of Golden State as third guard, got Josh Hart in McCollum’s deal, and then bench mostly the rest of the team from last season after Lillard’s downfall. Little Nasser is still around, and he’s basically a random leader, small, Mixture of players. Injuries can bite this team, but if they don’t and things go according to the visions of the Portland masterminds, they may have a chance. Having a talent like Dame gives them one, but I still give them fewer chances based on their record from last season and all the uncertainty.

2022-23 Odds: 40 to 1

Minnesota Timberwolves

2021-22 standings: 46-36
2021-22 odds: 500 to 1

Basically, everything you mentioned that had to happen with Minnesota to have a chance, actually happened. Anthony Edwards built on his great rookie season, Karl-Anthony Towns was so good, Patrick Beverly brought his “ways to win” to Minnesota, and the bench contributed. I just didn’t expect it to happen, and I didn’t expect it to happen at this level.

Now, Minnesota is ready to take the next step after taking a massive step forward in 2022. They sent all the chips to get Rudy Gobert of Utah, as mentioned, and gave up Beverley, Beasley, Vanderbilt and more to get him. Aside from the Big Four in Cities, Edwards, Joubert and D’Angelo Russell, depth may be an issue, especially now The Taurean Prince . has been captured And some time may be lost because of that.

They’ve brought in veterans Kyle Anderson, Austin Rivers and former Buck Brian Forbes to help with that, and they also have other young players on the bench as well who can help this team. But even with Joubert, that step they took last season was almost too big for me. I also don’t really trust Russell as a primary bodyguard. It might just be me, but all the uncertainty is why I didn’t win the degree. But they are still a good team and you have to pay attention to them. Their size can be especially difficult for a team as large as Dollars.

2022-23 Odds: 8 to 1

Denver Nuggets

2021-22 standings: 48 – 34
2021-22 odds: 5-2

Denver hasn’t been as good as I thought, even without Jamal Murray, and I think that’s partly because Michael Porter Jr. has only played nine games. Sorry Nuggets fans, if any of them are reading this, I don’t trust him to become a regular contributor based on his injury history. You mentioned that if they had any real hopes, Murray would need to come back (he didn’t) and Porter would need to become runner-up in his absence (he didn’t). Will Barton and Monty Morris stepped up, Jeff Green was good off the bench/starting, and some youngsters played superbly in the reserve roles. Aaron Gordon himself was strong, solid defence, moderate track record, and was more than decent player in every way.

But this team would be 34-48 without Nikola Jokic last season, because while the players are good, they are not good enough to run a team on their own. Gordon, Barton and Morris as the Big Three? Yikes. Even Gordon, Porter, and Murray are not scary. But, we should be able to see what this team looks like in full force, assuming they are ready to start the season and there are no setbacks.

The Nuggets have lost two of the Big Three backers from last season in a deal with Washington Wizards that Quintavius ​​Caldwell Bob and Ash Smith. according toHey Denver Steves, The trade didn’t include enlistment choices, and I’ve learned that their general manager is Calvin Booth (whatever). So I’m not really sure how beneficial this trade will be for Denver. I’m not crazy about KCP, and even if there are some underappreciated stats, Barton and Morris together are more valuable than Ish.

Denver obviously counts a lot on the return of Murray and Porter, newly acquired Bruce Brown burgeoning in a bigger role especially with Porter potentially missing some games, as well as Bones Hyland continuing his rise as a replacement for Morris (and possibly Murray). Finally, they need young players like Christian Brown, Zeke-Nagy and Peyton Watson to contribute. Without this depth cut, Denver is a hit or two away from becoming irrelevant again.

I said last season that Denver at full strength would have a chance in the Finals against us, and I still agree this season, albeit with a lower chance. I also only put them ahead of Minnesota because Technically They get two All-Star caliber additions for this season, and they don’t have much to discover. I think it’s going to be pretty close, and he might go to Minnesota eventually, but Denver is the safest bet, especially with Jokic.

2022-23 Odds: 5 to 1

Here you are. Oklahoma City is starting to look like a real basketball team. Portland will probably be Portland again. Minnesota has the potential to rise to the division kings (not compare it to Sacramento, to be clear), and Denver is hopeful that returning injuries and growing young players will help Jokic keep them afloat. Then there’s Utah, which might turn out to be the worst team, but I still like their cut enough to put them above OKC for now.

Let me know what you all think, please comment below!