The 2023-2024 NBA season is just over a week away from tipping off. In this one we will preview the Eastern Conference, breaking down the top players, teams, and predictions.
Top Teams in the Conference
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are far and away the top two teams in the conference. Other teams who are likely to get a playoff spot and possibly upset one of those two teams are Cleveland, New York, Miami, and Philadelphia.
Top Players in the Conference
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the conference. He won the MVP award in 2019 and 2020 and won the championship in 2021. Now he is teamed up with Damian Lillard who will immediately be a top player in the conference as well. Joel Embiid is another former MVP in the conference but Philadelphia’s success may be dependent on James Harden staying with the team or them getting a good haul for him in a trade. Boston added Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday to a team with two of the best players in the league already, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Sleeper Teams in the Conference
The Miami Heat are always a sleeper team in the playoffs. Last year they went from barely making the playoffs to getting all the way to the finals. This team seems worse off this year after losing two starters, Max Strus and Gabe Vincent. Still, they should not be taken lightly. Another team to watch is Philadelphia who could be competitive with Harden or the package they get for him in a deal.
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