NBA Futures Odds: Favorites to Win the Eastern Conference

NBA Futures Odds: Favorites to Win the Eastern Conference
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NBA futures are increasingly popular on NBA betting platforms. Futures are bets on an event happening in the future, such as the conference finals champion, as we’re discussing here.

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The Big Trade that Changed the East

The blockbuster trade involving Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond and Seth Curry being sent to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden will have a major impact on the Eastern Conference.

I strongly believe that the Nets got the better end of the deal by a significant margin, getting those three players and two first round draft picks.

Both teams should be improved, but the chemistry and locker room cohesiveness should be better for the Nets with Harden’s departure.

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Breaking Down the Eastern Conference Records

Looking at the Eastern Conference, my predictive models are calling for the Miami Heat to be the No. 1 seed with a 53-29 record.

Chicago Bulls projects to be second — before the season, I bet them on the Over 41.5 wins — they are now projected to get 49 or 50.

The models have Philadelphia and Milwaukee to finish the season tied for third at 48-34 record. The Boston Celtics at 47-34 round out the Top-5.

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Odds to win the Eastern Conference

Team Odds
Brooklyn Nets +280
Milwaukee Bucks +280
Philadelphia 76ers +350
Miami Heat +500
Boston Celtics +1000
Chicago Bulls +1400
Cleveland Cavaliers +2000
Toronto Raptors +4000
Atlanta Hawks +5000
Charlotte Hornets +12500
Indiana Pacers +25000
New York Knicks +25000
Washington Wizards +25000
Detroit Pistons +50000
Orlando Magic +50000

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How about the Nets?

The Brooklyn Nets are the most intriguing team when you start to look at the futures. My projections have them finishing with a 43-39 record, which I think is conservative. Regardless of how they finish, there is a 99% probability that the Nets will make the playoffs by a comfortable margin.

The Nets are tied with the Bucks at +280 to win the East. The 76ers are next at +350, followed by the Heat at +500, the Celtics at +1200 and the Bulls at +400. The Cavaliers, Raptors and the rest are on the outside looking in to be a legitimate contender.

If you believe my projections, Miami will be the No. 1 seed to start the playoffs. Using the futures market to bet them at + 500 is quite attractive. However, when they go up against any of the teams like the Nets, the Bucks or the 76ers, they could find themselves installed as an underdog, even in the home games.

So, How Should You Bet?

After the research, I am going to bet the Brooklyn Nets at +280 to win the Eastern Conference.

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Odds to win NBA Finals

Team Odds
Golden State Warriors +425
Phoenix Suns +450
Brooklyn Nets +600
Milwaukee Bucks +600
Philadelphia 76ers +700
Miami Heat +1000
Utah Jazz +1600
Boston Celtics +2500
Chicago Bulls +2500
Memphis Grizzlies +2500
Denver Nuggets +3000
Los Angeles Lakers +3000
Cleveland Cavaliers +4000
Dallas Mavericks +4000
Los Angeles Clippers +10000
Minnesota Timberwolves +12500
Toronto Raptors +12500
Atlanta Hawks +15000
Charlotte Hornets +25000
Indiana Pacers +50000
New Orleans Pelicans +50000
New York Knicks +50000
Sacramento Kings +50000
San Antonio Spurs +50000
Washington Wizards +50000
Houston Rockets +75000
Portland Trail Blazers +75000
Detroit Pistons +100000
Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
Orlando Magic +10000

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