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Odds to Win the NBA Eastern Conference: Bucks Back On Top

NBA Eastern Conference Betting Odds July 19, 2019

The NBA’s Eastern Conference can sometimes be viewed as the “lesser” conference due to the crappy teams at the bottom but there’s still some dominant teams at the top like the Milwaukee Bucks, who are favored to win the East crown for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has the Bucks as +200 faves to win their first Eastern Conference title in franchise history. Following the Bucks are the Philadelphia 76ers (+275), Boston Celtics (+700), Brooklyn Nets (+800) and Toronto Raptors (+800) to round out the top five.

Why the Bucks are the Favorite

After leading the NBA standings and getting a top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs last year, the Milwaukee Bucks are primed to be back at the mountaintop. For starters, they have arguably the best player in the league in Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is the fave to win MVP for the second year in a row.

They also have a fairly deep roster despite having to let some key players like Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic walk. They re-signed Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez while adding Wesley Matthews to their existing core. With that group, the Bucks owned the best point differential in the NBA last season while also holding opponents to 43.3 percent shooting from the field.

Up until Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final vs Toronto, the Bucks were in the driver’s seat to win the East last year. Now that Toronto doesn’t have Kawhi Leonard, I think Milwaukee is the best bet to make it out of the East.

Will the Sixers and Celtics Pose A Threat?

The two main challengers to the Bucks winning the Eastern Conference are the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, who both retooled in the offseason. The Sixers are +275 to win the East while the Celtics are +700.

The Sixers may have lost Jimmy Butler but were able to add Josh Richardson from the Heat in a sign-and-trade while also adding an additional stud big man in Al Horford. Richardson can shoot from deep and guard perimeter players while Horford can play center and be a safety valve in case anything happens to Joel Embiid.

I am still a little worried about their deep shooting because losing JJ Redick was a big blow, but if they stay healthy and maybe Ben Simmons develops a jump shot, they should be a force in the East.

The Celtics are intriguing mainly because they won’t have Kyrie Irving in their locker room to kill the mood. Boston may have lost Al Horford to the Sixers but added Kemba Walker, who certainly won’t pout in press conferences any time the Celtics lose.

However, the only way the Celtics can seriously win the Eastern Conference comes down to their stable of swingmen in Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward.

Tatum and Brown regressed to a degree last season after a promising run to the Eastern Conference final in 2017-18 and how they develop should be a key focus for bettors looking to invest in the Celtics.

I expect them to be better this season as those two will get the majority of the offensive looks but if Brad Stevens can’t figure out the proper rotations, it could be another disappointment in Beantown.

Odds to Win NBA Eastern Conference 2019-2020
Milwaukee Bucks+200
Philadelphia 76ers+275
Boston Celtics+700
Brooklyn Nets+800
Toronto Raptors+800
Indiana Pacers+1000
Miami Heat+1400
Orlando Magic+3300
Atlanta Hawks+4000
Chicago Bulls+5000
Detroit Pistons+5000
New York Knicks+8000
Washington Wizards+8000
Charlotte Hornets+15000
Cleveland Cavaliers+15000

Odds as of August 14 at BetOnline