Winning Predictions For The NBA Eastern Conference Winner
The Cleveland Cavaliers enter the 2016-17 regular season as the defending NBA champion, and if it weren’t for the Golden State Warriors adding Kevin Durant as a free agent, the Cavs would likely stand as the favorite to repeat. However, as the Warriors showed, sometimes winning a title leads to a bit of a hangover — and a lack of hunger when you face the team that knocked you out the year before. While Cleveland does have the best odds in the East of winning the NBA title this year, let’s look at some of the contenders’ odds to come out of the East this year. Take a look at all of our sports betting picks for this coming weekend.
In Depth Analysis On The Winning Predictions For The NBA Eastern Conference Winner
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 16, 2016
Cleveland Cavaliers (11-4 Odds to Win the NBA Finals)
Don’t give that iffy pre-season record too much value. Yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers sit at 2-3, but they followed up a solid 15-point win over Orlando with a scare against Philadelphia (which they won by three) followed by three losses to other contenders in the East: Atlanta and Chicago on the road, and Toronto at home in a 25-point shellacking. However, the Cavs are still warming up for what they know is a long march: 82 regular-season games plus as many as 28 more in the postseason, if every series goes the limit. The same nucleus returns for the Cavs, and there’s no reason to declare them done until another team eliminates them.
Boston Celtics (20-1)
Last year, Boston finished third in the NBA in forced turnovers. In the off-season, they picked up center Al Horford from Atlanta, and he will only make their defense more stingy. Zach Lowe from ESPN.com is just one national sportswriter who thinks that the Celtics will move to #1 in forced turnovers and display the sort of defensive mettle that brought them the title back in 2008. Rookie Jaylen Brown, Jonas Jerebko and Jordan Mickey are rounding into bench players that will serve as solid contributors when they are on the floor.
Toronto Raptors (40-1)
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan return as a powerful one-two scoring punch for a Toronto franchise in the best run in team history. The team still hasn’t quite figured out how to get the most out of talented center Jonas Valanciunas, and if they can get that inside-out thing figured out, they will make a much more robust challenge to Cleveland in the East. When they routed the Cavs by 25 in the preseason, you could argue that Cleveland is still waking up, but the Cavs won’t be able to keep making that argument much longer.
And the rest…
Atlanta, New York (60-1)
Chicago, Indiana, Washington (100-1)
Miami, Milwaukee, Orlando, Charlotte (200-1)