How To Bet On NBA Eastern Conference

The NBA’s Eastern Conference betting scene is a tough slog these days. Unlike the Western Conference, it’s not the least bit top-heavy. The Cleveland Cavaliers are, for now, the conference’s top dog, while any other remotely good teams are mediocre and, therefore, capable of both winning against and losing to one another. It can make placing bets complicated, but it also opens an opportunity for you to carve out a niche and find weekly trends that pad your wallet. [+]

A good rule of thumb in the East: Stay away from offseason futures. If you want to place small-time wagers, then by all means, go nuts. But it’s senseless to invest in sizable championship and conference odds until you know how many, if any, teams are legitimately rivaling the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

If you can find sites, such as Bovada or TopBet, that offer division odds or a team’s chances of making the playoffs at all, pounce. Those are easier to predict and can help you build up your sportsbook purse at season’s end—a time of the NBA calendar when everyone should be looking to maximize profits or recoup some of their losses.

What Are The NBA Eastern Conference Standings

Have a look at the NBA Eastern Conference Standings. Look at them early and often. They let you keep track of things, giving you a daily look at the postseason picture, the latter of which is pivotal. [+]

You always want to be aware of how far outside the playoff bubble a team is, and how strong of a hold squads have on their postseason seeds, as this offers a bird’s eye view of possible first-round, and even later-round, matchups.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 56 40 16 6254 5794 0.714
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 58 40 18 5966 5749 0.690
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 54 29 25 5808 5701 0.537
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 58 23 35 6003 6142 0.397
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 58 19 39 6114 6360 0.328
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 56 34 22 6170 6159 0.607
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 56 32 24 5839 5830 0.571
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 57 32 25 6085 6014 0.561
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 56 27 29 5789 5801 0.482
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 56 20 36 5792 6104 0.357
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 56 32 24 6005 5902 0.571
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 57 30 27 5728 5778 0.526
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 56 23 33 5939 5976 0.411
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 56 18 38 5914 6152 0.321
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 58 18 40 6018 6256 0.310
WC - Northwest Division
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 60 35 25 6575 6404 0.583
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 58 32 26 6168 5974 0.552
3 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 57 31 26 6122 6073 0.544
4 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 57 31 26 5967 5912 0.544
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 57 29 28 5895 5800 0.509
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 57 44 13 6602 6126 0.772
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 55 29 26 5917 5876 0.527
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 55 23 32 5886 6024 0.418
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 56 18 38 5535 5984 0.321
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 58 18 40 6032 6550 0.310
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 56 43 13 6404 5916 0.768
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 59 35 24 5993 5811 0.593
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 56 30 26 6206 6219 0.536
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 55 18 37 5440 5641 0.327
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 58 18 40 5920 6058 0.310

Betting Tips

Anyone who’s betting on the NBA in general needs to add offensive ratings and defensive ratings to their arsenal. These are stats that show how much a team scores (offensive rating) and allows (defensive rating) per 100 possessions.

Entire betting patterns can be crafted off this information. The same goes for splits, and deciding whether or not you should bet for or against a certain team when it’s playing at home, on the road or even during a certain month.

Something to be wary of: rivalries. Certain teams get up for certain other teams. Keep yourself apprised of the latest rivalries, and you’ll know not to favor huge spreads when those two outfits meet. 

Divisional matchups are almost always considered good rivalries, so take overall records and stats in these instances with cubic meters of salt. You’ll want to rely more on how Team A has fared in the past against Team B, and vice versa.

Interconference numbers are also extremely valuable. If you have an Eastern Conference team that has fared well against Western Conference opponents, in addition to intraconference foes, you know you’re looking at a well-rounded contingent. Chances are they’re a good team to follow and bet on.