NBA Eastern Conference Winner Betting Odds & Tips - Should Boston Celtics be 3rd choice?

Kyrie Irving and the Celtics are peaking at the right time
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Boston Celtics fans will be confident of reaching the 2019 NBA Finals (Getty Images)

The Eastern Conference semifinals are underway and the Boston Celtics are 3rd best in the betting odds at bet365. The Celtics are paying 4.50 and we think there is value there in our NBA Eastern Conference Winner betting odds & tips.

Kyrie Irving led Boston to a 112-90 win against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their series in Milwaukee which puts them in a good position to progress. The Toronto Raptors are favored to come out of the East at 2.40 followed by the Bucks at 2.90, the Celtics at 4.50 and the 76ers at 8.50. 

Celtics impressive in Game 1


To say the Celtics were more than impressive in their 112-90 Game 1 win over the Bucks would be a major understatement. They kept possible MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in check, played great on both ends of the floor, and had a balanced offensive attack. 

They held the Greak Freak to 22 points on 7/21 shooting and held Milwaukee to only 90 points. That’s a big deal, as the Bucks were the highest scoring team in the regular season (118.1 ppg) and averaged 121.8 ppg in their four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs. 

Playoff experience


Another great reason Boston has great value to win the East is playoff experience. The same cannot be said for the Bucks, Raptors, and 76ers. Boston advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season forcing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games. 

That was without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward who were both inured. Irving had a great season and has a title ring, Hayward has made big strides coming back from a horrific leg injured suffered in the first game of last season. 

Deep roster


The Celtics are very deep with the likes of Irving, Hayward, and Al Horford teaming with the trio of Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown. This last trio of young players nearly took Boston to the finals last season. 

The Celtics played great for the last two months of the NBA season after being one of the bigger disappointments of the first few months. On top of that they have a leg up on the East’s top seed in the Bucks now having home court advantage in their current series. That is important for a Boston team that was 15 games over .500 on their floor this season. 

Solid head to head record


If the Celtics can get past the Bucks in the semi-finalss they will face the Raptors or 76ers in the Eastern Conference finals. They were 3-1 facing the 76ers this season and would be the betting favorites in that series. Against the Raptors the Celtics split the four games 2-2, however after losing the first two games against Toronto they won the last two where Irving totaled 70 points. 

Boston has the talent, the experience, and the confidence to get to the finals, which many experts thought they would before this season began. While the Celtics are the lowest seed remaining in the Eastern Conference and the 3rd best betting odds at Bet365 they have great value at 4.50 to win the East. 

Verdict


Boston came so close to making the finals last season but ran into King James and the Cavaliers. This season has been a tumultuous one for the Celtics, but they are peaking at the right time and their issues will disappear with the NBA title in sight.

Value Bet: Boston Celtics Eastern Conference Winners @ 4.50 at bet365 - 3 Units
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Freetips staff 29 April 2019
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