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It's amazing how much one player moving to the other conference can drastically change the NBA landscape in an instant.


Now that LeBron James has left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference, the Boston Celtics find themselves as heavy favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

Boston has been under the shadow of the Cavaliers in recent seasons, but it looks as if they may finally have a clear path to the NBA Finals with LeBron bolting for LA. However, don't count out the Philadelphia 76ers or a solid Toronto Raptors squad that now features Kawhi Leonard.

Despite falling to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, Philadelphia showed that its core of young talent has what it takes to compete with the best the league has to offer. The Raptors, on the other hand, have finished in the Top 3 of the Eastern Conference in four of the past five seasons without a bonafide superstar like Leonard.

Boston may be the favorites, but an older and wiser Sixers squad and a now star-driven Raptors team make for interesting under-the-radar bets.


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