The NBA Playoffs are well underway, and already, the dynamic is shifting in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Celtics have largely taken care of business, reaching the Conference Finals as expected after making an appearance last year. Additionally, the Miami Heat have pulled off several upsets over top contenders to also return to this stage for the second year in a row.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the 2023 NBA Eastern Conference odds and our favorites, contenders, and sleepers to win the upcoming title.
NBA Eastern Conference Betting Odds 2023
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DraftKings Sportsbook provides NBA lines for the 2023 NBA East winner, which are current as of Tuesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. ET:
- Boston Celtics (-525)
- Miami Heat (+400)
NBA Eastern Conference Best Bet & Favorite
Boston Celtics (-525)
Ultimately, Boston is the odds-on favorite for a reason. After representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals in 2022, the Celtics appear to be in excellent position to make another trip back to the grand stage.
The Heat have been this year’s giant killers, already knocking off the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round and the New York Knicks in the second. But the Celtics defeated them in this exact spot last season, and this year’s version is arguably even better.
Boston is incredibly deep. It has five players on the roster averaging at least 12.8 points per game in the playoffs, including Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are at 28.2 and 24.6 points, respectively.
The Celtics can also win in a variety of ways, while the Heat ranked dead-last in points per game during the regular season.
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NBA Eastern Conference Contender
Miami Heat (+400)
Miami pulled off the biggest first-round upset of this year’s playoffs by knocking off the Bucks. When Jimmy Butler and the offense get it going, this team can hang with virtually any other in the league.
With that said, the absence of Tyler Herro certainly makes things look a bit tougher for the Heat, who already struggle to score the ball. His 20.1 points per game ranked third on the team during the regular season.
At (+400) odds, this does feel like a bargain. But that only matters if we truly believe that the Heat have a shot at winning this series, and I’m not sure that’s really a possibility as long as the Celtics stay healthy.