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The Atlantic Files #168: Eastern Conference Preview

Alex Fischbein December 18, 2020

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This week on The Atlantic Files:

The NBA season is officially less than one week away! After we previewed the Western Conference, it’s now time to preview the Eastern Conference ahead of the 2020-21 season!

A lot of changes and power shifts have fallen onto the Eastern Conference landscape this time around. The good teams got better and a few of the bad teams made some huge moves that could vault them in front of a lot of people.

For the Southeast division, the Miami Heat don’t really seem to have a true challenger to their division champ status. Things are brewing down in Atlanta as the Hawks have made a big-time splash in free agency. The rest of the division, however, doesn’t really seem all that exciting. Sure there are some nice talents here and there, but nothing that screams true contender.

Then, we have the Central division where the rich got richer. The Milwaukee Bucks got themselves a true playoff point guard in Jrue Holiday and even re-equipped their bench. That’s not to mention the fact that Giannis Antetokounmpo also signed the super max to stay in Milwaukee for five more years!

Much like the Southeast, the Central division doesn’t have many other exciting teams outside of the Bucks. The Indiana Pacers are the defacto second-place team, but no one is really concerned with them come playoff time.

Finally, we have the Atlantic division. This will be the most fun of maybe all the divisions across the league. The Toronto Raptors are the defending division champs, but the Celtics are knocking on their door along with the Sixers and Nets who both got better this offseason. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are both back and ready to cause chaos in the East.

All of that and predictions for each division and the East playoffs in the full episode below!


1:10 – Southeast Division preview

21:15 – Central Division preview

36:00 – Atlantic Division preview


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Alex Fischbein

Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, it was hard not to become a Sixers fan during Allen Iverson's prime. Other than just the Sixers, I enjoy watching all forms and levels of basketball, especially the WNBA. Outside of basketball, I've been playing and coaching volleyball for most of my life. Also, after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I became a Software Developer by day, while writing and hosting podcasts by night.

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