The 2020-21 NBA season tips off on Dec. 22, and each team is scheduled to play 72 games. Check out our Central Division Winner Prediction.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the off-season was shortened so that there was no summer league, the training camp started on December 1 and the preseason will be played from December 11-19. All teams will have to adapt to these changes and we will try to predict the winners of all divisions for you.
Another easy Central Division title for the Bucks on the cards
Milwaukee Bucks, last year’s best team of the division, is again the biggest favorite to win it. With the addition of Jrue Holiday and D.J. Augustin, they seem even stronger than last year, along with MVP Giannis, they are among the biggest candidates for the NBA finals. It remains a question mark due to the failed trade for Bogdan Bogdanovic and potential penalties, but they should not have bigger problems to win the division.
Indiana Pacers, which is expected to enter the playoffs safely, was not very active in the off-season. Chicago Bulls will try to reach the playoffs and build a team around two young stars, LaVine and Markkanen, while Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons look like teams which will fight at the bottom of the table.
Roster changes and transactions:
IN: Devon Dotson (R), Zach Norvell Jr., Garrett Temple (BKN), Noah Vonleh (DEN), Patrick Williams (R).
OUT: Kris Dunn (ATL), Shaquille Harrison, Max Strus (MIA).
IN: Marques Bolden, Damyean Dotson (NYK), Thon Maker (DET), JaVale McGee (LAL), Isaac Okoro (R), Lamar Stevens (R).
Jordan Bell, Alfonzo McKinnie (LAL), Tristan Thompson (BOS), Ante Zizic.
IN: Saddiq Bey (R), Wayne Ellington (NYK), Jerami Grant (DEN), Killian Hayes (R), Josh Jackson (MEM), Saben Lee (R), Rodney McGruder (LAC), Dzanan Musa (BKN), Jahlil Okafor (NOP), Mason Plumlee (DEN), Deividas Sirvydis (R), Isaiah Stewart (R), Delon Wright (DAL).
OUT: Jordan Bone (ORL), Bruce Brown (BKN), Langston Galloway (PHX), John Henson, Luke Kennard (LAC), Louis King, Brandon Knight, Thon Maker (CLE), Jordan McRae, Justin Patton, Tony Snell (ATL), Khyri Thomas, Christian Wood (HOU).
IN: Jalen Lecque (PHX), Kelan Martin (MIN), Cassius Stanley (R).
OUT: Alize Johnson (TOR), T.J. Leaf (OKC).
IN: Jaylen Adams (POR), D.J. Augustin (ORL), Torrey Craig (DEN), Mamadi Diakite (R), Bryn Forbes (SAS), Jrue Holiday (NOP), Sam Merrill (R), Jordan Nwora (R), Bobby Portis (NYK), Nik Stauskas.
OUT: Eric Bledsoe (NOP), Sterling Brown (HOU), George Hill (OKC), Ersan Ilyasova, Kyle Korver, Robin Lopez (WAS), Frank Mason III, Wesley Matthews (LAL), Cameron Reynolds (SAS), Marvin Williams.
Predicted Division Winner: Milwaukee Bucks
Well, it seems like the Bucks have no real competition here. The team from Wisconsin had the best record in the East Conference last year, they further strengthened the roster, and apart from the Pacers, other teams in the Central Division are still looking in which direction to go, so anything but their convincing conquest of the division would be a great surprise.
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