Who Is the Team to Beat in the Eastern Conference?

December 6th, 2014 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »

While a bevy of Western Conference contenders bludgeon one another silly, the East remains very much a two-way race between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls.

The Toronto Raptors? They’re a force for sure, and on both sides of the ball to boot. The Washington Wizards? Youth and upside hardly have a better avatar. The Atlanta Hawks? Hellish to defend against, and with enough weapons to make a race of it.

Sooner or later, though, the Bulls and Cavs will prove the brass to beat.

Nearing the quarter-mile mark of the 2014-15 season, the question is worth another wager: Who, exactly, is the favorite?

As things stand, only three games separate those aforementioned five teams, with Cleveland—in the midst of a conference-best six-game win streak—currently slotted at No. 5.

The Cavs are by no means alone in their winning ways, with the Wizards (four-game winning streak as of Saturday) and Hawks (five) having established themselves as the undisputed crème of the Southeast Division crop.

Indeed, both are boasting cases for inclusion amongst the confe ...

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