NBA Eastern Conference Championship Odds (Updated)

The trade deadline has passed so today we’re going to take a look at the updated Eastern Conference championship odds. The trade deadline wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be, but we still did see some moves and some teams improve their fortunes.

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The team who was most active was the Toronto Raptors +1250 who made some big moves to acquire P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka without giving up any of their core. Those two will fit well with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMarre Carroll, Norman Powell, Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson. That is a top-nine that I would put up against any team in the NBA. They are versatile, they can defend, they can rebound and they can stretch the floor. There is always a question about this team when it comes to the postseason as the last few years have shown us, but this looks to be the second best team in the East right now behind the Cavaliers and the most intriguing bet on the board. I’d give them a roughly 1-in-4 chance of beating Cleveland this year so 12-1 is pretty great odds.

The Boston Celtics +850 actually have better odds than the Raptors despite the fact that they stood pat at the deadline. They had opportunities to acquire Paul George or Jimmy Butler, but decided to stick with what they had. A lot of people have been doubting that move, but conveniently forget that this is the second seed in the East that has one of the best records in the league over the past couple of months. They are just 3.5 games back of the Cavs and Isaiah Thomas is putting up some MVP type numbers. This is a good team that will make some noise, but it doesn’t feel like they are quite there yet.

The Washington Wizards +1325 are the only other team that it’s possible to envision winning this conference. The starting five of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter has been one of the very best units in the league this year, but the problem has been the bench. They made one move to shore up the bench at the deadline as they added Bojan Bogdanovich. Another shooter always helps and this team should make some noise in the playoffs. Round two should be lit this year.

Of course, the Cavaliers at -270 are always the story. They didn’t do anything at the deadline, but you know they will be all over the buyout market. There are already rumors linking Deron Williams to the team which would fill the hole at back-up playmaker that LeBron James has been clamoring about all season. Kyrie Irving is still here, Tristan Thompson is still here and Kevin Love should be back for the playoffs. If they can get him back and JR Smith back, it’s hard to see anyone stopping this team. Lebron-Kyrie pick and rolls with some combination of Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love spotting up for three are the stuff of nightmares.

NBA Eastern Conference Championship Odds

Cleveland Cavaliers   -270
Boston Celtics   +850
Toronto Raptors   +1250
Washington Wizards   +1325
Atlanta Hawks   +2950
Indiana Pacers   +3250
Chicago Bulls   +5250
Detroit Pistons   +8000
Charlotte Hornets   +9500
Milwaukee Bucks   +9500
Miami Heat   +12500
New York Knicks   +12500
Orlando Magic   +35000
Philadelphia 76ers   +35000
Brooklyn Nets   +85000

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