Raptors And Celtics Odds Shorten As Bledsoe Is COVID-19 Positive

  • The Milwaukee Bucks are favored to win the Eastern Conference with -185 odds.
  • The Boston Celtics have +550 odds at winning the Eastern Conference.
  • The Toronto Raptors odds to win the eastern conference are at +600

ORLANDO, Fla. – With the NBA restart beginning next week with team scrimmages, more and more players have started testing positive for COVID-19.

One of those players is Milwaukee Bucks point guard, Eric Bledsoe.

With Bledsoe going to more than likely miss some time, online sportsbooks have taken that into consideration, ultimately shortening both the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors odds to win the Eastern Conference.

Just under a month ago, the Boston Celtics odds were at +700 and the Toronto Raptors were at +800. With the news of Bledsoe hitting the media, however, the Celtics odds have shortened to +550 while the Raptors are at +600.

Eastern Conference Odds

  • Milwaukee Bucks -185
  • Boston Celtics +550
  • Toronto Raptors +600
  • Miami Heat +1100
  • Philadelphia 76ers +750
  • Indiana Pacers +5000
  • Brooklyn Nets +8000
  • Orlando Magic +25000
  • Washington Wizards +25000

Bledsoe was a strong presence for Bucks and was having a great season, having averaged 15.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 5.4 apg. Not to mention he was a force on the defensive end as he is known as a scrappy defender.

With Bledsoe’s absence, if they were to face either the Celtics or the Raptors, it would take a toll on them as their backup, George Hill would be forced to guard Kemba Walker from Boston and Kyle Lowry from Toronto.

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Being that both of their Eastern Conference odds shortened, it should show bettors just how important Bledsoe was to the Bucks.

It also means that both teams will definitely be taking advantage of that as it will leave both Kemba Walker and Kyle Lowry with a weaker defender on them.

Aside from the point guard position, both teams are loaded with more than enough talent to make a run at the Eastern Conference Championship. The Celtics have a young team in Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart while the Raptors have the championship-caliber players in Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and Marc Gasol.

Keep in mind that Bledsoe has tested positive before the season’s restart, which means he will have time to recover and rejoin his team hopefully before the playoffs begin.

If he does return, bettors should have no problem taking the Bucks. If Bledsoe remains sidelined, however, both Boston and Toronto would be very enticing and offer great payouts.