Eastern Conference Playoff Race: Bucks Are the Hot Bet

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:11 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 8:11 PM UTC

The playoff race is heating up as we hurtle down the stretch. Check out how the Eastern table stacks up and how the NBA odds are shaping up across sports betting platforms.

<h2><br />Bucks and Raptors Battle On</h2><p>As it stands (at the time of writing on Wednesday, March 13), the high-flying Milwaukee Bucks (51-17 SU) have clinched a playoff berth as have the Toronto Raptors (48-20 SU), sat second behind the Bucks and three wins adrift. But the bloodbath between this pair for conference champion and top seed isn’t over with just 14 games left on the season.</p><p>The Bucks have the slight edge over the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/to-win-conference/futures/" target="_blank">Raptors in basketball betting futures, tipped at +160</a>. Given the three-game edge in the table that makes ample sense. The Bucks have enjoyed favour in this section from oddsmakers for quite some time now and they’re not looking like they’ll slow down anytime soon. They boast the best record in the NBA, the best point differential and they’ve got the top MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;There's no question: Giannis Antetokounmpo is the MVP of the NBA! &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/bucks?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#bucks&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/pHzeVaCw5z\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/pHzeVaCw5z&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Bucks Nation (@BucksNationCP) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BucksNationCP/status/1105236632507052032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 11, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>What’s more, from a betting perspective, the Bucks are top of the table by a country mile both SU and against the spread when it comes to their conference opponents. The Bucks are overall 40-25-3 ATS on the season, which includes a 9.2 winning margin on average. Against the East, they are top of the table behind a 34-8-0 SU with a strong 27-12-3 ATS mark and a 10.3 winning margin on average.</p><p>Toronto could make things interesting as the season winds down. Form is relatively comparable of late, suggesting they could make a fist of it and a dogged fight to the end. (The Raptors are 6-4 SU in their last ten games while the Bucks are 7-3 SU in their last ten games.) They only trail by three games and they are a tasty +275 with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4423&amp;book=BetOnline" target="_blank">BetOnline sportsbook</a> to clinch the East.</p><p>However, what goes against Toronto is their record against the Bucks and the East as a whole. Against the Bucks they are 1-3 SU this season (38-51 SU lifetime). They’re 29-13 SU and 18-24-0 ATS against the East, with a 4.7 winning margin on average. That ATS mark is the third worst in the league mind, which is hardly an endorsement and, frankly, sucks the value out of their +275 odds.</p><p>Boston Celtics are priced third best across sports betting platforms to win the East at +350, but, they are currently ranked fifth in the chase with a 41-27 SU mark, two wins adrift of the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers (both knotted on 43-25 SU records). Indeed, the 76ers are fourth best priced at +500 while the Pacers are a far flung +2000 bet.</p><p>This is somewhat of an interesting twist to the Eastern Conference race in sports betting markets. Completely dismissing the Pacers as a viable threat while demoting the 76ers in betting estimation. Suppose the reason is the Sixers’ record against the top three contenders in this group. While Philadelphia is 25-16-0 SU and 18-23-0 ATS with a 3.7 winning margin on average against the Conference, they are 1-7 SU against the triplet and three of their last 14 games include dates with Boston and Milwaukee.</p><p>NBA Betting Verdict: In terms of the Eastern Conference race, the value is really with the Milwaukee Bucks and at the very attractive price of +160 it’d be best to bank on those odds for your NBA picks before they plummet and all the value is lost. Infact, best price currently trading is at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" target="_blank">5Dimes where the Bucks are tipped at +190 to win the Eastern Conference</a>.</p>
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