Betting On NBA Eastern Conference Online

Betting on the NBA’s Eastern Conference is much different than making wagers on the Western Conference. Out west, there is a clear pecking order. It’s usually deeper in the championship contender department, but there is a clear gap between those contenders and then the mediocre and lowly squads. No such gaps exist in the East, and that can make it difficult to generate consistent winnings, because your betting patterns are, typically, so inconsistent. This, however, is not something to fear. [+]

Study the East enough, and some patterns will emerge. More importantly, you’ll understand which teams match up best with other teams. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of which contingents are the absolute worst, and which outfits, aside from the Cleveland Cavaliers, are built to make noise now.

What you’ll want to do once you get a grip on the East’s pecking order is avoid parlay bets on any middle-tier matchups. When second-rung teams face other second-rung teams, it’s okay to make single plays, betting on the spreads, moneylines and over/under. But because so many of those games are virtual coin tosses, if not completely unpredictable, you needn’t risk your hard-earned money, even if it’s extra winnings, investing in so many unknowns at once.

What Are The Current NBA Eastern Conference Standings

The importance of looking at the Eastern Conference’s current standings cannot be overstated. They should help you see which teams are easily better or worse than certain opponents. [+]

And they also allow you to keep track of the potential playoff picture. This is huge for one primary reason. If you’re looking to make mid and late season championship bets, you’ll want to first know how good each prospective team is, and you’ll also want to map out their potential path to the NBA Finals. If one team is projected to face, say, the Cavaliers in the first round, you’ll want to steer clear of them when betting championship and conference futures.

It’s asking too much of them to upset Cleveland in one of the early rounds, then go on to win at least two other series. But if you find a team that’s slated to avoid Cleveland through the first round, then you have more wiggle room on your futures bet.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 26 22 4 2716 2528 0.846
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 22 15 7 2454 2290 0.682
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 24 13 11 2592 2593 0.542
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 24 12 12 2491 2487 0.500
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 23 9 14 2525 2582 0.391
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 25 18 7 2777 2690 0.720
2 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 24 14 10 2503 2465 0.583
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 23 13 10 2371 2393 0.565
4 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 25 14 11 2711 2684 0.560
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 23 3 20 2200 2457 0.130
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 25 14 11 2655 2591 0.560
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 24 11 13 2405 2501 0.458
3 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 26 11 15 2796 2882 0.423
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 23 9 14 2406 2442 0.391
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 24 5 19 2468 2607 0.208
WC - Northwest Division
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 26 15 11 2795 2778 0.577
2 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 24 13 11 2466 2406 0.542
3 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 24 13 11 2571 2584 0.542
4 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 25 13 12 2582 2469 0.520
5 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 23 11 12 2347 2273 0.478
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 26 20 6 3063 2766 0.769
2 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 24 9 15 2540 2619 0.375
3 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 23 8 15 2414 2477 0.348
4 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 27 9 18 2897 3116 0.333
5 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 24 7 17 2295 2531 0.292
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 22 18 4 2510 2260 0.818
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 25 17 8 2532 2433 0.680
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 25 13 12 2736 2756 0.520
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 24 8 16 2345 2423 0.333
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 25 7 18 2508 2588 0.280

LeBron’s World

NBA Eastern Conference Online Betting Tips

Stepping on the toes of what we just said, buy futures stock in the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. The Cavaliers are a good conference and championship bet as always, mostly thanks to LeBron James. But the East is begging for another legitimate contender. The Atlanta Hawks were supposed to be it, as were the Miami Heat. Neither squad is there yet, and as such, they are not worth any sizable bet on your part. But the Celtics and Raptors might be there.

Both the Celtics and Raptors remain long-shot plays, make no mistake. Especially in terms of championship odds. They must not only go through Cleveland to win a title, but also likely one of the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder or San Antonio Spurs. That’s a tall order as far as title paths go.

But Boston and Toronto are, relative to the rest of the East, built to give Cleveland a run for its money, making both truly interesting conference bets. The Celtics and Raptors have efficient offenses and top-10 defenses. That balance will rival the Cavaliers’ balance in the near future. For the Celtics’ part, they may be the better overall investment, because they play fast, making it more likely that they disarm the Cavaliers in a potential best-of-seven dance.

Keep all of this in mind during the regular season and as the playoffs get underway, and you’ll have a strong guide to making dark-horse bets that figure to have handsome payouts if and when you’re right. 

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