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NBA Season Preview And Tips With BetRivers – Part 1- Eastern Conference

Welcome to the first part of our two-part look at the new NBA season which got underway this past week. We’re back to an 82-game regular season this year and with plenty of moves in the off-season, which saw some big name players trade teams, not to mention the next crop of draft rookies ready to go, the new season promises to be spectacular!

In this first part, we are going to focus on the three divisions that make up the Eastern Conference, the division which boasts last years NBA Champions, the Milwaukee Bucks and BetRivers Sportsbook favorites to win it all this year, the Brooklyn Nets.

All odds shown were correct with BetRivers at the time of writing although may have changed in the interim.

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Let’s begin by taking a look at the Eastern Conference three divisions.

Last season’s regular season record is shown in brackets next to the team listed in each division of the Eastern Conference below.

Eastern Conference Teams

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Atlantic Division

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (49-23)
  2. Brooklyn Nets (48-24)
  3. New York Knicks (41-31)
  4. Boston Celtics (36-36)
  5. Toronto Raptors (27-45)

An absolutely stacked division that could see four teams make the post season once again. The 76ers won the division and conference last season, but a revamped Brooklyn Nets, even minus Kyrie Irving, will I think be the team to beat in this division this year and I think the Celtics follow the Knicks into the post-season too.

Divisional Winners – Brooklyn Nets

Central Division

  1. Milwaukee Bucks (46-26)
  2. Indiana Pacers (34-38)
  3. Chicago Bulls (31-41)
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers (22-50)
  5. Detroit Pistons (20-52)

The Bucks should once again take this division and I think they stand a chance of challenging the Nets for the Eastern Conference title. However, I think the Pacers and the Bulls especially will improve on last season and as such, the Bucks won’t have things their own way. The Cavs and the Pistons will still just make up the numbers unfortunately for them.

Divisional Winners – Milwaukee Bucks

Southeast Division

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  1. Atlanta Hawks (41-31)
  2. Miami Heat (40-32)
  3. Washington Wizards (34-38)
  4. Charlotte Hornets (33-39)
  5. Orlando Magic (21-51)

I’m backing the Hornets to put more pressure on the Hawks and the Heat this season in the southeast, but I still feel the Hawks just shade this division, with the Heat second and the Hornets third ahead of Washington. Orlando will make big strides this season but I think are still one season away from being genuine contenders in this division.

Divisional Winners – Atlanta Hawks

Eastern Conference Finishing Position Predictions

  1. Milwaukee Bucks
  2. Brooklyn Nets
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Atlanta Hawks
  5. Chicago Bulls
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Miami Heat (Play In)
  8. New York Knicks (Play In)
  9. Boston Celtics (Play In)
  10. Charlotte Hornets (Play In)
  11. Washington Wizards
  12. Toronto Raptors
  13. Orlando Magic
  14. Detroit Pistons
  15. Cleveland Cavaliers

Eastern Conference Picks

  • Best Player? – Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)

It’s time for Durant to shine and elevate the Brooklyn Nets to the Eastern Conference title.

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Nothing else would be considered a success for the player many rate as the best in the NBA at the moment. Durant should be the best player in the East and he should be a good shout for NBA MVP this season too.

  • Best Rookie – Jalen Suggs (Orlando Magic)

The Gonzaga starlet was one of the shining lights of College basketball last season and in a very young Orlando Magic team, he should get plenty of chances to shine. The Magic are rebuilding and I think Suggs is quickly going to establish himself a key part of that process moving forward relatively quickly into his pro career in the Sunshine State.

  • Most Improved Team? – Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have reinvented themselves this year and have added some real quality throughout the team. Zach LaVine has been jpined by the likes of Nikola Vucevic, Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, Tony Bradley and DeMar DeRozan. The Bulls have brought in a set of players to win now and I think they will be much improved on last season.

  • Worst Team? – Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland have been stinking the place out for some time now and I can’t see much improvement on the horizon for the Cavs. Evan Mobley is a good pick up for them and Jarrett Allen a key man, but I can’t see the same strength in depth that others are seeing with this team.

  • Eastern Conference Champions? – Brooklyn Nets

Although this is a stacked conference and the Bucks are the current holders, I think this year will be the Nets turn to shine. They are +105 with BetRivers to land the Eastern Conference title ahead of the Bucks and I think that is probably a fair price.

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