As we’re headed towards the All Star Break, and we’re nearing the halfway point of the NBA season, it’s time to take a look at the updated odds to win the Eastern Conference. The East is up for grabs, as no one team has pulled away from the field. As of now, we see five teams that have the potential to claim the Eastern Conference championship, and a spot in the NBA Finals. Let’s break down the top five contenders and their odds to win the East so you can keep planning your bets against their NBA odds.
Updated Odds to Win the NBA Eastern Conference
Brooklyn Nets +140
After the Nets acquired James Harden, they became the favorite to win the East. With Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving, the Nets have the best “Big 3” in the league. Offensively, they have the best collective unit in the NBA. Defensively, they have struggled. If they can get their defense fixed up prior to the playoffs, the Nets will be very hard to beat.
Milwaukee Bucks +260
With the acquisition of Jrue Holiday, and knowing that Giannis Antetoukounmpo is in Milwaukee for the long haul, the Bucks are in it to win it! Milwaukee has been going through some changes, as head coach Mike Budenholzer has been making some offensive and defensive adjustments. The Bucks are currently sitting at 20-13, and have been inconsistent all season. Once they get everything tweaked to their liking, the Bucks have a great shot at winning the East.
Philadelphia 76ers +600
Doc Rivers has made the 76ers better. Joel Embiid is playing at an MVP level. Ben Simmons has recently become an offensive force. Now that the Sixers have surrounded these two with perimeter shooting, the Sixers are a legitimate candidate to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
Boston Celtics +1000
Boston has had issues with COVID and injuries all season long. It’s been very rare that they have all of their best players on the floor at the same time. When Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum are playing together, the Celtics are one of the best teams in the East. Their depth may be an issue, but they can compete with anyone. Brad Stevens is one of the best coaches in the league, and he seems to find a way to get the Celtics where they need to be. With all of their issues this season, Boston is currently sitting at 16-17, and in the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Once they get healthy, we see them turning things around and being a factor in the playoffs.
Miami Heat +1600
Miami has been up and down this year. Much of the reason that the Heat has struggled is because Jimmy Butler has missed a lot of the season with injuries and COVID protocol issues. When the Heat have had their full complement of players, they’ve been good. Bam Adebayo is becoming a star, and Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson are two of the top shooters in the league. Erik Spoelstra has shown that he is a very good coach, and he’ll have the Heat ready for the playoff push.