The NBA is less than a month away, with a bevy of contenders hoping to come out on top at season’s end. Let’s take a look at what’s at stake with each conference! For your favorite NBA betting tips.
Eastern ConferenceBoston Celtics – +275The reigning Eastern Conference champs have a dangerous star duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but they also added Malcolm Brogdon, as they desperately needed a traditional point guard.
They also have the veteran leadership of Al Horford and Marcus Smart, in addition to the defensive prowess of Robert Williams III.Milwaukee Bucks – +325
Any team with Giannis Antetokounmpo will always have a chance, but a lot of it will come down to the health of Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday.
If they can all stay healthy, the Bucks have a legitimate shot to get back to the Finals.Brooklyn Nets – +400
With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons all on this roster, this team is arguably the most talented team in the league. However, this team needs to demonstrate they can push aside the drama and play with continuity.
If the Nets can stay healthy and on the same page, they may end up being the favorites come postseason time.Miami Heat – +800
Despite being a season removed from getting to the Conference Finals, this team doesn’t stack up as well as other contenders. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo play hard on both ends of the floor, and Tyler Herro can help with scoring, but the other pieces just aren’t strong enough to get them to the Finals.
Western ConferenceGolden State Warriors – +350
The reigning champs still have Stephen Curry in his prime, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole both getting better, and the continuity of having Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the mix.
Health could very well be a concern for many of these players, but if they can avoid injuries, this team will remain a tough out in the playoffs.Los Angeles Clippers – +375Kawhi Leonard will be returning this season alongside Paul George. The Clippers added a bunch of depth on the wings that can help with scoring and defense and a former All-Star point guard in John Wall.
If health and a willingness to stay on the same page can come to fruition for this team, then they can very well end up in the Finals.Phoenix Suns – +500
This team finished with the best record in the league last season, but Chris Paul is another year older and this team didn’t get much better over the offseason.
Devin Booker is a bonafide star, but he will need help to get his team to the Finals.Los Angeles Lakers – +700
LeBron James has proven time and time again that you can’t count him out. However, he will be turning 38 years old this season, so something to keep in mind.It will take Anthony Davis re-emerging as a bonafide superstar in this league and Russell Westbrook embracing a lesser role for this team to get to the Finals.