The 2019-20 NBA Eastern Conference season is still in its early stages, but already we’re seeing some strong contenders for the NBA Championship. Last season, the Toronto Raptors from the Eastern Conference were successful in winning the title after defeating the Golden State Warriors.

Although they’re not outright favourites in the NBA odds for this year’s East Coast competition, they’ve still had a strong start to the campaign and could challenge the other top teams for the title once more. Let’s take a look at those other teams and how their campaigns have fared so far.

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Philadelphia 76ers

Sitting at the top of the table doesn’t always guarantee a shot for the title, so the 76ers can’t get too ahead of themselves. But, they’re looking pretty comfortable with a current record of five wins in seven games.

In the last two seasons, the 76ers have fared well after claiming 3rd place twice, but previous to that they were finishing mid-table, barely pushing the top 10. This promising start looks as though it could finally be the Sixers year to push forward and take on a West Conference team for the title.

Boston Celtics

The Celts have the best record so far, with five wins from their opening six games. But at this moment in time, there’s no point in raising any hopes for the fans, as the Celtics are often close to a shot at the NBA title. The last time they had the opportunity they blew it after losing to the LA Lakers 4-3 in 2010.

Since then, the Boston team have been consistently in the top 10, barring the 2013-14 season when they finished 12th. They are high achievers year in and year out, but are yet to secure a victory beyond the semi-finals. They last won the NBA Championship in 2008, so the feat isn’t too much of a distant memory, but for the fans, this familiar and promising start could lead to yet another short-fall finish.

Miami Heat

An extra game in hand is helpful for any team, but for Heat it’s only bumped up their defeat tally. With five wins and two defeats, the Floridian team is not in the best of positions, albeit they’re not in the worst. Compared to their 10th place finish last season, most fans will be happy with their results so far.

Since the Southeast side became back-to-back Champions in 2013, things have only gone downhill. Losing the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 was just the beginning of the disappointment. Since then, their best end to a season was reaching the East Conference semi-finals in 2016. 

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks have played one more game than the teams around them, but sit in second place, having won six games and lost two. Last season, the team managed to reach the Conference Finals before losing to the Raptors 4-2. It was their most successful season since 2001. For the last 18 years, the Bucks have barely made it past the first round in the playoffs.

After finishing first in the conference last season, the Bucks will be looking to maintain a high standard and remain a top team in the NBA. With MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo still playing for the Bucks, despite some transfer rumors, the side should be in good stead to challenge for the playoffs once more.

Toronto Raptors

Last year’s NBA Champions have not had the best start to the season in comparison to others. With five wins and two defeats, the Canadian team are looking at a win percentage of 71%. Of course their success last year was historic, being the first team outside of the USA to win the NBA Championship – even more impressive when you consider they’ve only been in existence since 1995.

The Raptors have been finishing high in the East Conference table for the last six seasons, promoting the previous mid-table team to a top-five giant. In the Atlantic division, they’ve finished at the top of the table in five out of the last six seasons. The side is a force to be reckoned with, but with FMVP Kawhi Leonard now at the LA Clippers, the side may not reach the finals this year.

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