With the NBA season underway, we are taking a look at the potential winner of the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn Nets recently surpassed Milwaukee Bucks at the 2021 NBA Eastern Conference odds. But, that does not mean Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers should be counted out.
As per most online sportsbook news in the United States, the Eastern Conference has become somehow balanced next to the Western Conference. It is happening for the first time in a very long time. Thus, the winner of the East can have relatively a strong chance at the overall NBA 2021 winner odds.
Although the regular season just kicked off in late December, the bookies already made their predictions on the favorites. At 2021 NBA Eastern Conference odds, Brooklyn Nets lead over Milwaukee Bucks. Besides, all of Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers are touted to be in contention throughout the season.
Brooklyn Nets have the best scorers in the East
The Nets were behind the Bucks at the 2021 NBA Eastern Conference odds, until they acquired James Harden from Houston. Now there is the ‘Big Three’ leading the Nets’ offensive including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. Seeing this Trio play will be very interesting this season.
Most likely the Nets’ campaign will be one of the league’s top storylines. Very few teams in NBA history have been so lucky to have such three prolific scorers. So, it is hard not to predict Nets taking the top spot of the East at least on paper with the value of +135, according to Bet365 Sportsbook.
Milwaukee Bucks have a great winning record
The Bucks are another team in the East that has the top-rated offense. Their leading player Giannis Antetokounmpo is the reigning back-to-back NBA MVP. And he is expected by the 2021 NBA MVP winner odds to win a third straight award.
Looking at the Bucks’ recent record, they won at least 75 percent of their games in the last two regular seasons. There is no reason why they will not continue winning. The No. 2 seed in the East by the conclusion of the season is most likely. However, the top spot can be also achieved with +333 value, as per online sportsbooks in the United States.
Miami Heat look to defend their title
The reigning East champs Miami Heat ended their 2020 season with a brutal performance in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to finish as the runner-ups. Their 2021 season is very crucial for the development of the team. Anything short of the NBA Finals run will be a disappointment after their last season achievements. Therefore, defending the East is highly important and possible with +750 odds.
2021 NBA Eastern Conference odds place Celtics third
Boston Celtics remain among the favorites but they have seen their odds fade away compared to the top two rivals. They are currently placed third with +600. That is most likely because of their failure to make it to the NBA Finals in 2020.
Celtics reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals in the last three seasons. But, they are yet to reach the NBA Finals since 2010 when they lost it against the Lakers. So, how far will the Celtics go in 2021? The East playoffs are likely but taking it to the Finals is hard to predict.
Philadelphia 76ers are the wild card
The Sixers are in very good shape under the head coach Doc Rivers. The team has shown good chemistry and strong defense. Therefore many consider the Sixers the wild card this season with +650 odds to go all the way to the Finals. But, given their unimpressive offense compared to the Nets and Bucks, it is unlikely that they will win it all.