Eastern Conference NBA Betting: Finals Looks Like Two Team Race, But Will Upset Take Place?

Finals Looks Like Two Team Race, But Will Upset Take Place?

Written by on March 23, 2015

If you’re looking to cap off your 2014-515 NBA betting campaign in style and you’re looking for some expert insight into who’s going to win the Eastern Conference Championship, then you’re in luck! Thanks to the expert pick you’re about to get on the Eastern Conference portion of the NBA playoffs, you’re going to have a great idea of just which team will walk away with this season’s conference crown. With that said and the regular season rolling right along, let’s get underway with a look at the odds to win the Eastern Conference.

Eastern Conference NBA Betting: Finals Looks Like Two Team Race, But Will Upset Take Place?

   

2014-15 Odds to Win Eastern Conference

 
Cleveland Cavaliers 5/9
Atlanta Hawks 5/2
Chicago Bulls 10/1
Toronto Raptors 20/1
Indiana Pacers 40/1
Washington Wizards 40/1
Milwaukee Bucks 75/1
Charlotte Hornets 100/1
Miami Heat 150/1
 

The Beast of the East

With LeBron James leading the way, clearly the oddsmakers expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Eastern Conference this season and they very well could. Not only do the Cavs have the game’s best player in James, but they also have one of the league’s top five point guards in Kyrie Irving and another perennial all-star, in former Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love, though he has struggled mightily to find his comfort zone since coming to Cleveland. The Cavs have kicked it into high gear the last six weeks and would appear to be on a course for a date in the conference finals at the very least. Even at -180, the Cavs would appear to be a good wager to win the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015. The Atlanta Hawks however will be standing in Cleveland’s way and they are a more than formidable foe in my estimation. The Hawks have been leading the Eastern Conference all season long and play a style of basketball that resembles the San Antonio Spurs so much that Al Horford and company are now called the ‘Spurs of the East’ in NBA circles. Atlanta has a bevy of skilled veteran players that can all dribble, pass and shoot, much like the real Spurs’ roster and like the league’s reigning champions, not one player on the Hawks’ roster seems even remotely ‘scared’ of James. The Chicago Bulls (+1000) are right in the mix in the East, but they’ve suffered a series of costly injuries all season long that have left them looking like a shell of the team they could be. The most recent knee surgery for franchise point guard Derrick Rose has been a big blow for the franchise and another injury to blossoming all-star shooting guard Jimmy Butler has hurt the ballclub just as much if not more so. If the Bulls can stay healthy (and that’s a big if), they can beat any team in the Eastern Conference, making them a wonderful wager at +1000. However, the bottom line now is that no one knows when Chicago is going to be healthy and when they’re not. As sad as it sounds, it’s almost as if you ‘expect’ Derrick Rose to get injured. The youngest MVP in league history plays an explosive brand of basketball that just looks taxing on his joints, no matter how jaw-dropping it may often appear. The Toronto Raptors (+2000) and Washington Wizards (+4000) are the only other two teams in the Eastern Conference that I believe are capable of upsetting any of the East’s upper seeds, although I’d keep an eye on a Charlotte Bobcats team that is rolling right now. The Raptors have a trio of outstanding perimeter players in Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross and a gifted bug man in forward/center Jonas Valanciunas. Toronto also plays some of the best defense in either conference and also doesn’t have the ‘fear factor’ that many of today’s players show when they go up against James. The Washington Wizards have one of the game’s best young backcourts in John Wall and Bradley Beal and a pair of superior post players in Nene and Marcin Gortat. Washington also has a highly athletic and blossoming small forward in high draft pick Otto Porter that has been coming on strong as of late. At +4000, the Wizards are a long shot, but they’re also probably worth a wager, if you like long shots that is.

Eastern Conference Finals

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers While I’d like to write that LeBron James and the Cavaliers won’t make the Eastern Conference Finals, I just don’t see that happening. No, the smart money is on the Cavs meeting the Hawks in a matchup that has seemed like a sure-fire affair just waiting to happen pretty much all season long.

Eastern Conference Champion:

The Cavaliers may be the top favorite to win the Eastern Conference, but I think the Atlanta Hawks are very real this season and at +250, a much better wager to bring home the bacon in the Eastern Conference this postseason. While Atlanta does have a pair of true superstar caliber players in Jeff Teague and Al Horford, much like their counterparts in San Antonio out West, the Hawks share the ball wonderfully and have a group of veteran players that can all put the ball in the basket for former Spurs longtime assistant Mike Budenholzer. I like the Atlanta Hawks to win the Eastern Conference, although I will be the first person to admit that I never, ever expected them to be in this position prior to the start of the regular season.