Sportsbooks For NBA Eastern Conference

For the better part of a decade, the Eastern Conference has been predictable in a good way for NBA bettors. You knew LeBron James’ teams, either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Miami Heat, would win a ton of games, waltz through the Eastern Conference playoff bracket and earn an NBA Finals bid. And all these years later, nothing has changed—well, almost nothing. Eastern Conference futures should still begin and end with the Cavaliers, LeBron’s current team. They are the toast of the East. [+]

And unless a member of their Big Three suffers a catastrophic injury, they should be in line for another NBA Finals appearance.

Two things have changed, though. For starters, the Cavaliers, unlike LeBron’s teams in years past, are not reliable individual game plays. They are topsy turvy, a mess on some nights, a glorious blend of offense and defense and overall dominance on others.

The other change is that LeBron’s team is no longer a title favorite. Yes, the Cavaliers are favorites to make it out of the East once more.

But the NBA Finals favorites will be found in the Western Conference, specifically in Oakland and San Antonio, where the Warriors and Spurs, respectively, are making history.

This is a double-edged sword for all Cleveland futures enthusiast.

On the one hand, the Cavaliers’ championsip odds will be a bit more lucrative since they aren’t the primary favorite.

On the other hand, those odds still aren’t that lucrative becuase the Cavaliers are still head and shoulders above the rest of the East.

Right now, it’s best to avoid championship futures for the Cavaliers altogether. Revisit them come playoff time. Focus instead on Eastern Conference futures and any single game certainties you can find. 

Best NBA Eastern Conference Sportsbook Odds

Your piping hot Eastern Conference betting lines are below. Return here whenever you’re looking to peruse moneylines, spreads, overs and unders for the latest games. 

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Monday 08 May
FT Warriors 121 - 95 Utah Jazz -435 +380 Odds
Tuesday 09 May
AOT Houston Rockets 107 - 110 San Antonio Spurs +200 -217 Odds
Wednesday 10 May
FT Washington Wizards 101 - 123 Boston Celtics +170 -164 Odds
Thursday 11 May
FT San Antonio Spurs 114 - 75 Houston Rockets +450 -526 Odds
Friday 12 May
Boston Celtics 20:00 Washington Wizards +200 -208 Odds
Sunday 14 May
San Antonio Spurs 15:30 Warriors +688 -588 Odds

What Are The NBA Eastern Conference Standings Today

Viewing the Eastern Conference’s standings daily should be a reflexive part of your NBA betting repertoire. These standings are an understated goldmine. [+]

They provide a quick view of which teams are better or worse than others, and they allow you to get a head start on the playoff bracket by assessing which teams have the potential to match up against certain other opponents in the first round.

Do not underestimate the value of those hypothetical first round playoff dates. They shape the rest of the postseason.

You can realistically map out a few different paths for certain teams—the most likely ones. And by doing that, you’ll have a better idea of which squads will be more attractive wagers when the postseson rolls around.

 

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 53 29 8857 8641 0.646
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 51 31 8762 8417 0.622
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 31 51 8556 8857 0.378
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 28 54 8400 8867 0.341
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 20 62 8673 9225 0.244
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 51 31 9048 8787 0.622
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 42 40 8497 8512 0.512
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 42 40 8618 8636 0.512
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 41 41 8435 8400 0.500
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 37 45 8309 8401 0.451
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 49 33 8953 8805 0.598
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 43 39 8459 8529 0.524
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 41 41 8460 8373 0.500
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8601 8585 0.439
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 29 53 8288 8827 0.354
WC - Northwest Division
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 51 31 8258 7935 0.622
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 47 35 8741 8679 0.573
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 41 41 8851 8894 0.500
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 40 42 9161 9119 0.488
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 31 51 8657 8748 0.378
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 67 15 9503 8549 0.817
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 51 31 8911 8559 0.622
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 32 50 8430 8748 0.390
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 26 56 8575 9139 0.317
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 24 58 8831 9293 0.293
WC - Southwest Division
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 61 21 8637 8047 0.744
2 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 55 27 9458 8985 0.671
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 43 39 8239 8199 0.524
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 34 48 8556 8728 0.415
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8029 8269 0.402

How To Make Money Betting On NBA Eastern Conference 

This adivce comes with a discalimer: Everything we said about the Cavaliers above remains true. They are still the decided Eastern Conference favorites. They are the closest thing to a sure futures bet you can get in the East, and that cannot be discounted.

At the same time, they have never appeared more vulnerable. LeBron James isn’t shooting well from the outside, Kevin Love disappears for games at a time and Kyrie Irving has been uncharacteristically hot and cold as he struggles to master the hybrid point guard-shooting guard role he is forced to assume whenever he plays beside King James.

Mix in the rises of other teams, such as the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, and now might be the time invest in some long shot Eastern Conference future plays.

See, while the Cavaliers are still favorites, you can envision any one of the Hawks, Celtics, Heat and Raptors, assuming each team is healthy, upsetting them in a best of seven series. The Raptors, it seems, have the best shot. They have been nipping at the Cavaliers’ heels all season, and though their offensive attacks are on equal footing, the Raptors’ defense has been more consistent of late, earning it a distinct edge.

Sportsbooks have started to notice this paradigm shift as well, so you won’t find drop dead awesome odds at every stop. But if you shop around enough, you’ll find something—especially if you look around when the Cavaliers are on a winning streak. The odds of their closest rivals suffer when the Cavaliers experience a slump. When they’re on the up and up, though, that’s the time to bet. You know what the Cavaliers are at this point—incredibly unpredictable. And a few winning streaks don’t suddenly mean they’re finally the team they’re supposed to be.

Indeed, you’ll need to be smart about which underdog you’re picking. And the amount of your wagers should top out at modest. But still, for the first time since 2009-10, it looks like another team aside from LeBron’s squad has an opportunity to experience life in the NBA Finals.