With the NBA season right around the corner, who are the NBA odds makers favoring in the Eastern Conference? Can the Miami Heat pull off hte repeat or will someone else step up to dethrone the reigning champions?
it or not, we are just over two months away from the tip off of the NBA season,
I know; it seems like just yesterday that the Heat won the title, but with the
Olympics breaking up the offseason for NBA bettors, we are just seven weeks
away from the start of the preseason. Wow, let’s take a look at which teams I
think will shape out the playoffs for 2012-2013.
surprises here? The Heat were the title favorites until the Dwight Howard
trade, but either way, there is no other team in the East that should be
favored over the Heat. Miami returns almost their entire roster, and brought in
Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. The Heat will be number one in the East by at
least five or six games.
Celtics were one win away from a return to the NBA Finals last season, but they
were just too hurt and too tired to beat the Heat one last time. During the
offseason, the Celtics have stocked up on great players, and with the Bulls
being down this season, the Celtics will be right there at number two.
before the Andrew Bynum trade, I had the Sixers here with the Bulls being down.
Now, there is no doubt that Philadelphia will be in the top three of the East.
With their young core and Bynum, dare I say they are a threat to knock off the
Heat or Celtics?
been really hard to be a Bulls fan for the past three months. Derrick Rose tore
his ACL, the front office gutted their bench (which I actually agree with believe
it or not) and the Bulls basically are the Mavs of last season, they are taking
the year off in hopes to reload in 2013-2014. However, I still think with the
players they have and Tom Thibodeau’s defensive system, they will be a home
court advantage team this season in the playoffs.
the players the Nets have been bringing in, they are surely a playoff team, and
I have them at number five. They still have to shape up their bench, but with
their starting five, this team will be dangerous. They are in my opinion; they
are better than their newly found cross town rivals.
Knicks really underperformed last season, and even after all the controversy
with Jeremy Lin this offseason, they still have a pretty good team. They have
gotten pretty old, but I doubt they are better than the Nets. They could
surprise, but #6 is as high as I see them at this point in the offseason.
Pacers were a nice surprise last season, and even though their epic amount of
trash talking couldn’t get them past the Heat in the second round, this is
definitely an up and coming team in the East. However, the East is up and
coming as well. They may jump up or down a spot, but they will be a damn good 7th
seed if indeed that’s where they end up.
are reading this correctly; I think the Wizards are a playoff team. I had the
pleasure of watching this team live a few times last season, and with the super
star potential of John Wall, along with the new guys they have brought in, I
like them to grab the 8th spot. Their young guys got a lot of
experience, and with the addition of Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and Emeka
Okafur, this team is very dangerous.