- The Boston Celtics have opened as the +275 betting favorites to win the 2022-23 Eastern Conference title.
- Milwaukee, whom Boston eliminated in the second round of the 2022 playoffs, is next at +300 odds.
- The Nets (+350), Heat (+600), and Sixers (+600) are the only other Eastern Conference teams with odds shorter than +2500 to win the Conference next season.
After a trip to the 2022 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics have opened as the odds on favorite to win what is expected to be a tight Eastern Conference race next season.
The Celtics are one of five Eastern Conference teams to open with odds of +600 or better. At +275, Boston has the shortest odds among those teams and is thus, the way too early Eastern Conference Favorites.
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The Celtics opened with the 6th best odds to win the Eastern Conference last season and were below the .500 mark at the start of 2022. But they engineered one of the greatest mid-season turnarounds in NBA history and finished the regular season as the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics swept the Nets, ousted the defending champions Bucks, and upset the East top seed Heat to advance to the 2022 NBA Finals.
Boston opened as a +125 underdog to the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals. But they stunned the Dubs in Game 1 after coming back from a 14-point third quarter deficit and live odds of +800. After the Warriors evened the series, Boston went on to win Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead. But that’s when Golden State’s championship experience prevailed. Despite losing in the Finals, Boston’s accomplishment this season was impressive. But could they do it again next season?
BetMGM says yes as Boston has opened as East favorites there. But at the same time, the said online sportsbook is saying that four other teams have at least a 14.3% chance of winning the Conference.
Odds to Win the 2022-23 Eastern Conference
Odds to win 2022-23 Eastern Conference at @BetMGM
All other teams +2500 or longer odds.
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Slightly behind Boston in the BetMGM betting board are the Milwaukee Bucks at +300 odds. The Bucks led the Celtics 3-2 in their East Semifinals series this past season but uncharacteristically blew the lead and were eliminated. Despite that, the 2021 NBA champions are expected to figure heavily in the East race next season.
The Brooklyn Nets opened as the preseason favorites to win it all last campaign. But Kyrie Irving’s stand against COVID-19 vaccination hampered Brooklyn’s early regular season campaign and they could not make up for it when finally played. The Nets were the 7th seed in the East but were swept by the Celtics in the opening round. With Ben Simmons expected to finally play next season, Brooklyn is third at +350.
2022 East top seed Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers are next at +600 apiece and the last two of the early contenders. The team with the next shortest odds to win the East are the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls who are at +2500. The Atlanta Hawks, who opened with the 5th best odds to win the East last season, are listed at +3000. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers are pegged at +3500 while the New York Knicks are at +8000. Indiana, Washington, and Detroit are priced at +15000 while the Orlando Magic are at the bottom with their +25000 odds.