NBA Eastern Conference 2018/19 Preview
With LeBron leaving the Conference, the East is up for grabs.
This could be the most evenly competitive season in the East we have seen. Several teams have claims to lead this conference – 76ers, Celtics, Toronto, Washington, Indiana, the list could go on.
The 76ers ($4 to win Eastern Conference), led by Simmons and ‘The Process’, look to be the most exciting and youthful team, however, several offseason mishaps threaten to derail the start of the season – new GM, Fultz (previous no 1 pick) was held out of Summer League, drafted hometown Mikal Bridges before trading for Zhaire Smith who later broke his leg and finally the inability to land a big fish during trade period.
Boston ($1.85) will be the toughest to beat. Whilst they have maintained the same roster all bar draftee Robert Williams in for Greg Monroe, they feel like they have significant improvement this year. A fully fit Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving once again put the Celtics in the spot light.
The biggest ‘bust’ of the conference could be the Raptors ($4.50). Last season they were once again stopped by LeBron in the playoffs so with him now at the Lakers, there should be optimism amongst the Raptors. However, several big trades in the offseason are expected to dampen the teams’ cohesion and we are predicting them to start the season slowly and struggle to rebound in time for the playoffs.