NBA Betting: 2021 Eastern Conference Power Rankings Update
When looking at the Eastern Conference standings, this is a conference that has four or five teams that are above and beyond the rest of the conference. Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Miami, and Atlanta are the frontrunners in the conference, and these are the teams that are head and shoulders above the rest of the East. Let’s rank the top teams in order of where we think they stand today so you can continue betting against their NBA odds.
Updated Power Rankings – 2021 NBA Eastern Conference
1. Brooklyn Nets
Even without Kevin Durant, the Nets have been playing great basketball. James Harden has been playing at an elite level, while Kyrie Irving has been making sure that he has been getting everyone involved in the offense. With Durant coming back soon, the Nets will be even harder to stop. The Nets do have a lot of defensive deficiencies, so they will need to get things fixed up by the playoffs. If they can’t fix their defensive issues, the Nets still have a group that can outscore most any team. We look for the Nets to pick up some help between now and the end of the season.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks started off slowly, but they’re climbing back towards the top of the East. Mike Budenholzer made numerous adjustments from last season, and the Bucks have been tweaking things all season long. Their work is starting to pay off, as Giannis Antetokounmpo is looking more and more comfortable with the changes. The addition of Jrue Holiday, the stellar play of Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, and the recent acquisition of PJ Tucker make the Bucks a very dangerous group come playoff time.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
Even though they’re leading the East, the 76ers have a few issues at this time. Their main problem is the fact that Joel Embiid will be out for at least two weeks with a knee injury. Until Embiid returns, the Sixers are just an average team. Although Ben Simmons has picked up his offensive production, and Tobias Harris has taken over late in games, the Sixers still have issues when Embiid isn’t on the floor. The acquisition of perimeter shooting in the offseason has helped to spread things out for Philadelphia and has made them better. When Embiid returns, we look for the Sixers to stay at or near the top of the East.
4. Miami Heat
The Heat have had numerous injury and COVID issues throughout the season. Now that they have finally gotten everyone back, they’re playing at a playoff level. The Heat are now looking like the team that played the Lakers in last year’s NBA Finals. With the return of Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo playing well, the Heat are going to be a tough out in the playoffs. With the trade deadline looming, we look for Pat Riley to try and make a big acquisition to help the Heat even more.
5. Atlanta Hawks
After the firing of Lloyd Pierce, Nate McMillan has led the Hawks back into the playoff race. The Hawks have won eight in a row, and are playing like a playoff team. With all of the moves that they made in the offseason, many thought that the Hawks would be near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. However, they hadn’t played well until recently. With rumors that the Hawks may be making a big trade, and the return of Bogdan Bogdanovic from injury, the Hawks could be making a huge push.