The NBA has had quite the shake-up of a summer. Multiple stars have switched locations and it feels like super teams are popping up left and right. Over on the DK Sportsbook, the win totals for every team have been added, let’s take a look at the top 10:
NBA Team Win Totals
– Clippers O/U: 56.5
– Bucks O/U: 55.5
– 76ers O/U: 53.5
– Jazz O/U: 53.5
– Rockets O/U: 52.5
– Lakers O/U: 51.5
– Nuggets O/U: 50.5
– Celtics O/U: 48.5
– Nets O/U: 47.5
– Warriors O/U: 47.5
Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook
The most recent roster change was made last night, when Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul switched places. Westbrook will be reunited with his long lost friend, James Harden, and the two will have to find offensive balance as they look to compete with the Western Conference’s California teams. This trade also cut Houston’s championship odds (+750) in half, giving it the fourth-shortest odds in the league. Unfortunately for Oklahoma City, its championship odds (+15000) were more than doubled after the trade.
About a month ago, I broke down the 2019-20 Championship odds, and even before bringing Westbrook on board, the Rockets were trending up in my books. As far as win totals are concerned, I could definitely see Houston over-performing. Of all the new superpowers in the West, I think the Rockets have the least to figure out in terms of chemistry, giving them a head-start in the regular season win total column.
Another team that I’m expecting to go over its projected win total might not be the flashiest, but it will certainly stack up the wins. It’s the Utah Jazz. This offseason has been very kind to the Jazz, with its latest addition being Bojan Bogdanovic, and it’s most notable being Mike Conley. Their depth runs further than most teams in the league, and that will come in handy in a long, 82-game regular season. This past season, the Jazz logged 50 wins. Considering their updated roster, four more wins seem very manageable.
As far as under-performers in the top 10, I’m looking at the bottom. I’m expecting the Nets and Warriors to fall below 47.5 wins. The Nets definitely made a splash this offseason, but Kevin Durant (Achilles) is still going to be out for the season. Brooklyn logged 42 wins last season, and I don’t think replacing D’Angelo Russell with Kyrie Irving and adding DeAndre Jordan will be enough to give it six more wins.
And on the opposite coast, Golden State’s dynasty has started to crumble. Losing Durant hurts so much, the team is absurdly retiring his jersey after just three seasons together. Klay Thompson is expected to be out until at least December, most likely later. To make matters worse, DeMarcus Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Lakers. Unless a new venue in San Francisco conjures up something special for Steph Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, I don’t see the Warriors winning more than 46 games.
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