NBA 2018/19 Eastern Conference Preview - The Boston Celtics are finals bound

  • 2018/19 Eastern Conference Preview 

The start of the 2018/19 NBA season is only a week away and our resident NBA expert takes a look at who will win the Eastern and Western Conference in this two-part series. 

Although the Western Conference looks like a foregone conclusion, the Eastern Conference is a much more open race. For the first time in eight years, LeBron James will not be going to the Eastern Conference Finals. This is terrific news for the likes of the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76’ers and Toronto Raptors, all of which will get a chance to make it to the NBA finals in 2019. 

The team I want to be putting money on is the Boston Celtics. I would’ve happily backed the Celtics to win the Eastern Conference even if LeBron James had stayed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics pushed the Cavs to a seven-game series in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, without their two All-Stars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

In 2017, the Celtics would return only four guys from the previous year’s squad of 15. This season they return 13 and get back All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward from injury. The likes of Tatum and Brown have gained invaluable playoff experience and will be a force next season. 

The only concern is, will the Celtics be able to integrate Hayward and Irving back into the lineup with Tatum, Brown and Rozier? Coach Brad Stevens is a mastermind so the job is in more than capable hands.  

The Sixers have kept their roster almost unchanged whilst the Raptors have traded DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard. Neither is enough to move the needle and the Boston Celtics should be winning the Eastern Conference.


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NBA 2018/19 Eastern Conference Preview - The Boston Celtics are finals bound

The start of the 2018/19 NBA season is only a week away and our resident NBA expert takes a look at who will win the Eastern and Western Conference in this two-part series.

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