The Miami Heat won the NBA Eastern Conference in 2022-23.

NBA Eastern Conference Odds: How Did The Heat Pull It Off?

That's all, folks. The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the NBA Championship

Miami will have a tough time as significant underdogs vs the West-winning Nuggets, but it's not impossible for them to achieve yet another upset victory. 

Here is how the Eastern Conference odds wrapped up.

Who Won The 2022-23 Eastern Conference Championship?

Odds To Win NBA - Eastern Conference 2024-25
TeamOdds
Boston Celtics+140
Philadelphia 76ers+350
New York Knicks+375
Milwaukee Bucks+650
Miami Heat+1800
Cleveland Cavaliers+2000
Indiana Pacers+2000
Orlando Magic+2000
Atlanta Hawks+12500
Chicago Bulls+30000
Toronto Raptors+40000
Brooklyn Nets+50000
Charlotte Hornets+50000
Detroit Pistons+50000
Washington Wizards+50000

Odds as of July 8th, 2024 12:51pm EDT.

2023 NBA Eastern Conference Odds
TeamOdds Before The Season
Miami Heat+800

2023-24 Eastern Conference Odds

Odds To Win NBA - Eastern Conference 2024-25
TeamOdds
Boston Celtics+140
Philadelphia 76ers+350
New York Knicks+375
Milwaukee Bucks+650
Miami Heat+1800
Cleveland Cavaliers+2000
Indiana Pacers+2000
Orlando Magic+2000
Atlanta Hawks+12500
Chicago Bulls+30000
Toronto Raptors+40000
Brooklyn Nets+50000
Charlotte Hornets+50000
Detroit Pistons+50000
Washington Wizards+50000

Odds as of July 8th, 2024 12:51pm EDT.

How The Heat Pulled It Off

It was truly a miraculous run. Beginning with a first-round upset over the Bucks, the Heat later tore through the Knicks and edged the Celtics in seven games. What a series that was, too. Boston fell behind 3-0 but stormed back to tie it. In the end, Miami kept that ice in the veins and snuffed any hopes of a Beantown comeback. 

Now, Miami is a heavy underdog in the NBA Finals odds, and Jimmy Butler is second on the odds board in NBA Finals MVP. If you believe in magic, both the Heat and Butler as MVP are great bets.

Past Eastern Conference Championship Winners

Last 10 NBA Eastern Conference Winners
YearTeamRegular-Season Record
2022-23Miami Heat44-38
2021-22Boston Celtics51-31
2020-21Milwaukee Bucks46-26
2019-20Miami Heat44-29
2018-19Toronto Raptors58-24
2017-18Cleveland Cavaliers50-32
2016-17Cleveland Cavaliers51-31
2015-16Cleveland Cavaliers57-25
2014-15Cleveland Cavaliers53-29
2013-14Miami Heat54-28

LeBron James dominated the Eastern Conference for the better part of the century, taking the Cavaliers and Heat to the NBA Finals almost every year. However, when James left for the West’s Lakers, things opened up for some new teams in the East.

NBA Eastern Conference Championship History

The NBA’s Eastern Conference was created in 1970 and the current divisional alignment in the East began in 2004-05 when the Charlotte Hornets joined the Association as a 30th franchise. The Eastern Conference championship trophy was first handed out in the 2000-01 season and was renamed after Hall of Famer Bob Cousy before the 2021-22 campaign.

NBA Teams with the Most Eastern Conference Championships

Most Eastern Conference Titles
TeamTitles
Boston Celtics10
Miami Heat7
Chicago Bulls6

This leaderboard is, naturally, run by the dynasties. The Celtics have had several iterations, from the Larry Bird era to the original big three to the Tatum/Brown tandem that currently runs the East. While Michael Jordan’s Bulls haven’t won in a while, the always-competitive Heat have closed the gap on Boston over the last several years.

NBA Teams That Have Never Won an Eastern Conference Championship

Teams With Zero Eastern Conference Titles
TeamRecord
Atlanta Hawks0
Charlotte Hornets0

The Hawks have gotten oh-so-close to an East title in the last decade, making the conference finals twice since 2014. They lost to LeBron’s Cavs back in 2014-15 and fell to Giannis’ Bucks in 2020-21.

NBA Eastern Conference Odds FAQ

Who is the favorite to win the NBA Eastern Conference?

The Boston Celtics are the betting favorites to win the Eastern Conference and go to the NBA Finals

Which team won the Eastern Conference in 2021-22?

The Boston Celtics won the Eastern Conference in 2021-22.

Which team has the most Eastern Conference titles?

The Boston Celtics have the most Eastern Conference titles (10). The Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls have the second-most (6).

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