Last night saw the debut of Jimmy Butler in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform. While the results weren’t there as the team lost and Butler only managed 14 points, but you could see the outlines of a fit. It will take some time. Ben Simmons will need to adjust some of his game, Joel Embiid will have to give up some touches, and Butler will need to play off-ball more, but you could see where this team can really contend in the Eastern Conference. They are one of only two teams with three of the best 20 players in the NBA (and the other is the greatest dynasty of all-time) which makes them a contender. Let’s take a look at what it’s done to their betting odds.
The Eastern Conference should be hotly contested with no less than four teams who have a real shot at winning this thing and making it to the NBA Finals against the Western Conference winner. A full look at the Eastern Conference championship betting odds is below.
The NBA Division odds are up and today we’ll start with the Eastern Conference. Last season, these race wasn’t very close in the Atlantic as the Raptors ran away with it. That is not expected to be the case this year as it could be the most competitive division with the 76ers, Raptors and Celtics considered three of the best teams in the East. The Heat won the Southeast last year and they’ll be challenged again this year by the Wizards. While the Cavaliers almost certainly won’t be returning as the Central champions. These divisions look to be much more interesting than last season.