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NBA 2017-2018 Over/Under Win Totals

Updated on October 16, 2017

The conference imbalance may be extreme this season with several key stars shifting from east to west, which bodes badly for an east already coming off of a backslide season winning fourteen less games than the previous year. The inevitable Golden State finals appearance is looming but the western conference landscape is a bit of an obstacle course now with the formation of a few super teams and the Spurs still holding steady. The Cavaliers may not be a sure thing anymore but they are still the best bet to make it to the finals ahead of the surging Celtics. The battle for the eighth seed could get interesting in either conference but out west there is a stack of worthy contenders.

 
 
 
 
2017-2018 OVER/UNDER PROJECTED WINS*
2016-2017 RECORD
EASTERN CONFERENCE
 
594-636
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
54.5
51-31
BOSTON CELTICS
53.5
53-29
WASHINGTON WIZARDS
48.5
49-33
TORONTO RAPTORS
47.5
51-31
MILWAUKEE BUCKS
46.5
42-40
MIAMI HEAT
42.5
41-41
CHARLOTTE HORNETS
42.5
36-46
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
40.5
28-54
DETROIT PISTONS
38.5
37-45
ORLANDO MAGIC
30.5
29-53
INDIANA PACERS
30.5
42-40
NEW YORK KNICKS
30.5
31-51
ATLANTA HAWKS
27.5
43-39
BROOKLYN NETS
26.5
20-62
CHICAGO BULLS
22
41-41
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 
636-594
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
67.5
67-15
HOUSTON ROCKETS
54.5
55-27
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
53.5
61-21
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
52.5
47-35
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
46.5
31-51
DENVER NUGGETS
43.5
40-42
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
42.5
51-31
PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
40.5
41-41
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
40.5
34-48
UTAH JAZZ
38.5
51-31
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
38.5
43-39
DALLAS MAVERICKS
35.5
33-49
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
32.5
26-56
SACRAMENTO KINGS
29
32-50
PHOENIX SUNS
28.5
24-58
 
*BetOnline.ag
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Skal Labissiere
Skal Labissiere

SACRAMENTO KINGS 29

Sacramento’s summer of transformation started with an exciting draft, which helped them move on from the Boogie Cousins’ era a bit, they then finished it off by bringing in some veterans to help lift up their youthful core; with Vince Carter and Zach Randolph providing, “the good-teammate/bad-teammate routine," it should be a fun first season for De’Aaron Fox and the other rookies. Fox will likely sit behind George Hill learning the trade for a while but minutes will be able to be seized throughout the year by him and their other capable prospects including NCAA Champion Justin Jackson, though they will all need to adjust to still getting better despite all the losses that will pile up. Buddy Hield will have every opportunity to score and behind him sits Bogdan Bogdanovich, potentially lighting in a bottle, but it remains to be seen what sort of fire power their offense actually will possess. Skal Labissiere showed off some of his versatility late last season and should have more nights to stuff the box scores but could struggle generating consistency. Willie Cauley-Stein will need to set the tone defensively for the club along with Hill and the still productive Randolph. Hill has found success in each of his past stops, but with the clear youth movement leaving question marks at every position they should struggle mightily and be aligned to add abother key piece in next year's draft, 23-59. UNDER

Devin Booker
Devin Booker

PHOENIX SUNS 28.5

Trusting the process in Phoenix has netted valuable commodities with Devin Booker already outing himself last season as a dangerous assassin with the ball in his hands. Newcomer Josh Jackson will get chances to run with the other youngsters on the roster and his touted versatility will be one of the main focuses from onlookers for their season. Phoenix possesses a few veteran cards available to pull out with the savvy Jared Dudley as well as Tyson Chandler still being capable of grabbing dozens of rebounds on demand. Alex Len entering his age 25 season could potentially be ready to offer some reliability for the roster and they still have their soon to be 20 year old uncorked Dragon Bender vintage that they need to let breathe. Marquese Chriss TJ Warren and Tyler Ullis have all flashed their usefulness at times and should get opportunities to earn more minutes with the ball seemingly in their court. Booker should lead them in scoring but Eric Bledsoe is still around to take his looks, though he’s getting up there in age (28) so the Suns may try to move him particularly if the season heads in the direction of accumulating too many wins early on, 27-55. UNDER

Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram

LOS ANGELES LAKERS 32.5

“Lovable,” Lavar Ball is going to keep his son’s Lakers in the headlines regardless of their win totals, but they are certainly a team whose stock is on the rise. Depending on the speed at which Lonzo can adapt, perhaps they're capable of winning enough games to squeak closer to the playoffs, but more realistically they are in a position to secure another high draft pick while still potentially penning choice free agents next summer. Brook Lopez is an interesting asset who showed major versatility offensively last season by nailing over one-hundred threes and Julius Randle is more than willing to swallow up any rebounds that Brook isn’t’ interested in gathering himself. With everybody's eyes on Lonzo, Brandon Ingram is positioned to shock people with big statistical nights but the team will mostly need sustainable stability to take the next step forward. Luke Walton retains veterans Jordan Clarkson and Luol Deng forming a serviceable second unit together with their other talented rookie Kyle Kuzma. Playoff pensions probably won’t pay dividends yet but finishing with a better record than the Clippers is a more foreseeable scenario, 32-50. UNDER

Dirk Nowitzki & Harrison Barnes
Dirk Nowitzki & Harrison Barnes

DALLAS MAVERICKS 35.5

The divorce with Derron Williams in the middle of last season led to the discovery of Yogi Ferrell, an undrafted rookie that turned two ten day contracts into the real thing, and now he will enter the year as a high level backup guard to their new man, Dennis Smith Jr. Harrison Barnes proved to be a smart addition and now with Smith they accumulated another key component for their inevitable shift from the Nowitzki centric days, but Dirk is around for at least another year and is even throwing his seven foot frame into the center position, providing a roster full of shooters for their new play-maker to work around. Nerlens Noel will represent their best traditional center off of the bench and should provide an impact working with the starters a fair amount too. While Wesley Matthews has struggled with his efficiency, Seth Curry proved last year that shooting is in his genes. Rick Carlisle maybe has enough parts to patch together a workable defense having an athletic point guard, Barnes, Matthews and Noel but they will also be at a disadvantage defensively most nights. Expectations are low, but if Smith instantly excels then they could creep their way into the mix, 36-46. OVER

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert

UTAH JAZZ 38.5

Quinn Snyder will have to reimagine ways to reengineer this squad’s offensive output, but Rudy Gobert still stands tall for them. Derrick Favors will be looked on early to have a bounce back season and Ricky Rubio will be beneficial for him in achieving that along with helping inflate Gobert’s offensive numbers. Rodney Hood has the best chance to lead them in scoring but will need to improve his efficiency while expanding his game a bit too. Joe Johnson can provide play-making ability for the bench and Alec Burks might be healthy enough to contribute as well. Joe Ingles is slated to start and can really move the rock and shoot well enough to space the floor, but with Favors Gobert and Rubio their lack of shooting and a go to scorer is glaringly evident. They aren’t boasting quite the depth this season as opposed to last year but they should still be a tough regular season team that might make a defensive stand for that final playoff spot in the conference, 39-43. OVER

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 40.5

Treading water in the wavy west has proven difficult and perhaps not making any big splash signings in free agency will cause this team to walk the plank into the lottery. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum represent one of the premiere backcourts with their ability to make plays for others while also lighting the nets up on command. Jusuf Nurkic turned out to be a positive trade target for them and he’ll look to build off of his fantastic start. Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless are key members of the team with their defensive versatility but only when they are hitting their threes are they truly effective for them. They drafted another big guy Zach Collins, a high energy body to use at their disposal, but playing time could be tough with a lot of dudes around. Evan Turner’s role will be crucial as he’ll look to lead the second unit bigs to success and more importantly become their third ball handler apart from their dynamic duo. There are credible pieces in place everywhere but it still remains to be seen if they’ll be able to break through into the eighth seed in their loaded conference, 40-42. UNDER

DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 42.5

Blake Griffin is set up to fail this season: coming back from injury he has a roster full of brand new teammates, unfavorable playoff odds in a loaded western conference lie in front of him, plus the lousy Lakers are nipping at his heels with Lonzo Ball suddenly threatening to be the biggest face in town. Blake and DeAndre Jordan’s chemistry will go a long way for the team but Doc Rivers will have his hands full with a whole new group of guards entering the equation for them with Lou Williams providing the necessary offense when called upon, Patrick Beverley offering his valuable defensive services, and Milos Teodosic also getting his own opportunities to alley-oop the big men. Doc will need to figure out the best guard rotations for success while still maintaining family matters with Austin. If he’s able to sniff the court, Sam Dekker could prove a subtly useful appendage with his length and scoring ability while Montrezl Harrell, also acquired in the Chris Paul deal, should provide good energy off of the bench. Unfamiliarity with each other coupled with Danilo Gallinari being unabashed to get his own shots up could mean a middling campaign for this fairly well rounded group, 41-41.UNDER

Mike Conley
Mike Conley

MEMPHIS GRILZZLIES 38.5

Another few bricks from their hand laid homestead were manually removed, but the two central beams Mike Conley and Marc Gasol still remain intact and now more than ever their health will be paramount for holding up against the winds of the west. A team that has searched for a workable bench for several seasons may find Tyreke Evans useful in that role of leading the second unit, but the starting lineup could be calling for him as well. Chandler Parsons can’t get worse, probably, and Ben McLemore or Wayne Selden could thrive as a potential staring two guard, giving fans hopes of some upside out on the wings. With the departure of Z-Bo JaMychal Green will get more minutes, helping space the floor, in addition to creating new avenues for playing small with James Ennis and Parsons filling in more at both forward slots. David Fizdale can certainly inspire, but the era of grit and grind may grind down to a halt this year in Memphis if their, "Big Two," aren't able to hold the door, 41-41. OVER

DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 40.5

The talent oozes from both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins as they each have extra dimensions to their game that defenses cannot handle, thus going for a stranglehold on the elite big men approach has the Pelicans primed for a return trip to the playoffs. By adding veterans Tony Allen and Rajon Rondo it properly compliments their lineup with capable defense and more shooting… shooting it straight in the locker room with veteran know-how. After Rondo's return from injury he will be helpful in chumming the waters for both of his sharks and his familiarity with Cousins should ultimately help with his staying power as this represents another new season and new team for post-Celtics Rondo. Jrue Holliday is being pushed into a different role as a necessary catch and shoot player and his adaptiveness will be crucial for their playoff plans. Ian Clark offers a steady backup guard and the search for a dependable wing will be the number one priority for this team during the year. This will be a make or break year for Alvin Gentry with the two stars in their prime, but with a lot of question marks still he may be forced to run his studs into the ground, 42-40. OVER

Gary Harris
Gary Harris

DENVER NUGGETS 43.5

Last year, over-talent led to the mishandling of their young phenomenon Nikola Jokic, but he was still able to break out nonetheless. This year they have even more talent beside him, but the better fitting kind as their prize free agent signing Paul Millsap gives them a pass friendly front line pairing. The pre-season point guard battle could turn into more of a timeshare after Emmanuel Mudiay came into camp ready to compete for what was thought to be Jamal Murrays spot. Gary Harris had a mini break out last season and could turn his effective shooting into a lead scoring role feasting on slashes to the hoop. Denver’s firepower should get them far this season, but a defense might have to be established if they want to join the playoff party. Millsap will provide a defensive upgrade but by having one of the deeper benches it also gives them the option of adding pieces throughout the year via trade, 45-37. OVER

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 46.5

Snagging Jimmy Butler with their draft day trade makes them a favorite for the most wins added from a season ago and could shoot them up the standings by combining Butlers’ hyper acute work regimen with their brimming young pups. Jeff Teague takes over the point guard spot as well, giving them a better shooter in the position than Rubio and with Butler should form a very strong playmaking duo. Andrew Wiggins will be open a lot more often so he’ll be letting it fly plenty this year and with Jamal Crawford off the bench plenty of buckets will be raining from their back court this year. Karl-Anthony Towns offers elite efficiency and Butler’s creative ability should make him even deadlier, establishing them as one of the more explosive offenses in the league. Combine their on paper offense with a Tom Thibideau coached defense and the season outlook looks limitless, but the young wolves proved to be defensive turnstiles last season. Taj Gibson brings a needed toughness for the roster, allowing Gorgui Dieng to provide his adaptive skills in both front court positions. If they can live up to their hype, they are likely to be a tough out come playoff time, 51-31.OVER

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 52.5

Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double and won the MVP while performing his one man band act on his way to the richest contract in league history, but now he’ll be creating some harmonies instead as Paul George and Carmelo Anthony were brought up on to the stage to share the spotlight. Both George and Westbrook are excellent play-makers and each should be able to elevate their teammate’s successes on the court while Anthony can provide some necessary floor spacing, opening up opportunities for the others as well. Steven Adams solidifies their very strong defensive unit and his collaborations with Westbrook at the rim certainly won’t discontinue either. Raymond Felton could be ready for a resurgent year by running this sub standard second unit to success, with Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson highlighting the bench bunch. Their, "Big Three," will be capable of carrying the offensive load so the key for their season lies with their defensive chemistry and by having capable athletes at every position it means they are potentially a threat to anybody in a series, 53-29. OVER

James Harden
James Harden

HOUSTON ROCKETS 54.5

Up and down the past few years, they finally turned all the way up under Mike D’Antoni with a stellar regular season; although they couldn’t sustain it in the playoffs they were able to secure a top flight point guard in Chris Paul and are in a position to contend again. They found their way to the conference finals recently and with James Harden really elevating his game statistically last season a run to the championship wouldn’t be coming totally out of the blue. New addition P.J. Tucker brings another strong defensive shot making wing to utilize along with Trevor Ariza, even possibly sharing the court together. Ryan Anderson working with the starting back court should get copious three point attempts in his likely limited role and Eric Gordon will be leaned on heavily to be that third guard in the rotation. Harden and Paul are both capable of getting buckets when necessary so the key will be their cohesion as well as the defensive effectiveness of Clint Capela. With the Chris Paul trade they were shooting for the moon, and while it is do-able, it might not be a travel ready destination quite yet. 55-27.OVER

Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard

SAN ANTONIO SPURS 53.5

Last season Kawhi Leonard came out firing on all cylinders and now truly boasts total domination on both sides of the ball. His massive steps forward on offense have allowed their win totals to remain buoyed despite dips in production accross the board whether due to age with Tony Parker or Emmanuel Ginnobili or to poor fit like LeMarcus Aldridge. Pau Gasol now represents the lone shot blocker for them which could leave their defense exposed this season at times. Leonard is so good that teams were shifting their focus away from whoever he guards offensively and with Rudy Gay joining up there are enough rangy defenders to offer some hope on that end. Dejounte Murray is one capable of taking a big step forward for them but even in limited time his growth should show in season. Patty Mills is still around for point guard depth but Kawhi Leonard is becoming better at handling the ball meaning he could be running a lot more of the offense with Tony out early on. Pop is still quip king and won’t be afraid to continue to coach his way, whether that means resting Kawhi on TNT remains to be seen, but it should mean a dominant regular season that in any other era would be marveled at, 58-24. OVER

Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 67.5

During the process of vanquishing the Cavaliers subcutaneously, “The Undisputed Champions of the Galaxy,” effusively slammed the door on the league, leaving many to ponder the point of it all. This coming finals should result in them celebrating yet again, but along the way continuous measuring of their overall greatness will be at the forefront of the basketball universe. Another year of playing together while also presumably having a full strength coach should increase their efficiency and communications, giving their opponents even less of a chance this time around. Any looming lapses in focus on a count of overconfidence likely won’t matter much because of their extreme talent surplus growing by snagging Nick Young and Omri Casspi as well as buying the flashy defensive rookie Jordan Bell for their reserves. With the new scheduling or, “resting stars rule,” it will be hard to find enough games for the great ones to take off because they’ll constantly be on national TV, as a result they may just end up begrudgingly breaking their own regular season win record, 70-12. OVER

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Robin Lopez
Robin Lopez

CHICAGO BULLS 22

Now utterly unrecognizable from the, “Thibideau Glory Years,” the process of becoming really bad has officially begun in the windiest of ways. Finnish fresh face Lauri Markkanen will likely be a project, but his ability to score should give him some time to mature while also pushing Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic aside for minutes. Zach LaVine’s expected on-court load may drain his energy to perform amazing aerial acts at arenas; but if he blossoms into a star, it will be atoms well-spent. Amongst the litany of unproven ball handlers, Denzel Valentine might be the team’s best playmaker with his shifty handles and shot making ability, which likely results in a frustrating year for fans. Robin Lopez may have progressed from beating up mascots to throwing a punch at a player last year (refer to the photo above) but it should be him getting knocked out on a count of all the dunks over his head this season. Fred Hoiberg, textbook scape goat, needs a miracle to save his job at this point, 20-62. UNDER

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

BROOKLYN NETS 26.5

Perhaps this is the year that the slow ascent out of the pit begins for this franchise as expectations are higher now with several capable players added to their roster to join some quietly productive pieces they had from a season ago. Coach Sean Marks should have them playing with pace using a back court of Jeremy Lin alongside their new franchise face DeAngelo Russell. Allen Crabbe will be a valuable scoring commodity for their starting unit while the bench buckets could be left to Sean Kilpatrick and Caris LeVert. DeMarre Carroll could prove a useful signing if he’s able to establish a working defense alongside Timofey Mozgov and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Rookie Jarret Allen may only make a minimal impact depending on how often the Nets want to go super small with Carroll at the four and Hollis-Jefferson at center. Russell should be handed the proverbial keys to the Cadillac, and while he hasn’t proven much to this point in his career he should enjoy the freedom his new threads provide, 24-58. UNDER

Dennis Schroder
Dennis Schroder

ATLANTA HAWKS 27.5

Atlanta has plummeted from that 60 win team of 2014-2015 with four all-stars to having none of those players and a projection leaving them gliding near the NBA floor for win totals. Coach Budenholzer remains and his point guard Dennis Schroder will be the de facto leader on the court with his ability to score the rock but around him will be the question marks. There are some intriguing individuals with Taurean Prince stepping into a role to showcase his two way talent as well as endless journeyman Ersan Ilyasova providing his scoring and the exciting rookie John Colins should even get a chance to flash for this ghost squad. Mike Muscala showed off his shooting touch last season and will have plenty more opportunity to do so now but along the front line is also Dwayne Dedmon who can provide better shot blocking. While Kent Bazemore dissapointed after signing his new contract last year, he is a prime bounce back candidate now likely in a position for heavy usage. Prince, Bazemore, and Dedmom could from a tough defense for Bud, but he'll really have to pull out some magic to find any success this year, 27-55. UNDER

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis

NEW YORK KNICKS 30.5

The drama in the New York front office swelled this off season, reaching its’ crescendo with the departure of Phil Jackson; meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony exhaustedly was shipped out of town, leaving Kristaps Porzingis now as the sole caretaker of this franchise. Porzingis should get a chance to truly spread his unicorn wings this year, free of shot happy teammates Anthony and Derrick Rose. Kristaps also has a diverse set of big men with possibly Joakim Noah, Willy Hernangomez, Kyle O'Quinn and Enes Kanter all providing different skill sets to try next to him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will be a steady source of shot making for them and his progression in his play making will be looked for as well. One of Phil Jackson’s curtain calls, drafting Frank Nitilikina, could work out for them, but with Ramon Sessions and Jarret Jack there are other options at least for this season to scrape by. Doug McDermott has already bounced around a few times in his young career, and though he still has potential a sudden discovery of confidence while playing under the Garden’s lights does seem rather unlikely. Expectations are low enough that they could over achieve just based off of Porzingis’s rare talent alone, 30-52. UNDER

Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon

ORLANDO MAGIC 30.5

After a failure of a season on several different levels they are in a position to bounce back on the court with another fresh start as Aaron Gordon’s athleticism should dominate games this year but his maturation is what could propel the franchise forward. Elfrid Payton will need to do more than tread water at his position and with D.J Augustin they have a quality backup to turn to. The guard forward rotation could get competitive, likely leaving Aaron Afflalo and Mario Hezonjia out of the majority of the fun as Evan Fournier may again lead them in scoring with Jonathon Simmons and Terrence Ross also being capable of great things themselves. They still have their offense defense counter weights Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo at center as well as a shooting option now in Marreese Speights but it will be up to coach Vogel to figure out the best splits for them. With Payton and Gordon expected to take a step forward, they could start to creep back towards relevancy again, 35-47. OVER

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker

CHARLOTTE HORNETS 42.5

The pre-season injury to Nicolas Batum is a devastating blow to their season outlook, but Kemba Walker could take sole command to weather the storm. The Dwight Howard reclamation project is underway and if he’s able to regain effectiveness it could end up being a smart gamble for them, especially since they still have Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller in tow. Any slight improvement to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s offensive game will be a bonus and between the rookie Malik Monk or Jeremy Lamb one will have to step up to produce in Batum’s minutes. Former rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams will look to stick with this club by offering some much needed second unit support. With enough talent and diversity among their front line Kemba should be able to lead them close to the playoffs again with his high level of play, but it will be hard pressed carrying such a burden, 36-46. UNDER

Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 40.5

The team that won only ten games in 2015-2016 is in the process of turning into a playoff contender overnight with Ben Simmons ready to add his buzz-worthy game into the mix. Philly possesses several capable bodies this year, allowing Simmons ample room to thrive with his pass-first-persona leading the way. Last year their two stellar rookies Dario Saric and Joel Embiid went toe to toe for the rookie of the year award and now this year Markelle Fultz and Simmons may push each other along in pursuit of that same hardware. The goals for the year go beyond the number of entrants they’ll have in the rising stars challenge though as they signed veteran J.J Reddick to help solidify their starting unit and to provide dangerous three point work alongside Robert Covington. Brett Brown has always had his teams play hard but that mantra will be extremely vital now in preparing for any postseason notions. Having the two headed rookie monster will undoubtedly result in head scratching plays but they should be able to stay in games with their offense and if T.J McConnell is able to keep the second unit under control, they could even live up to the hype, 36-46. UNDER

Myles Turner
Myles Turner

INDIANNA PACERS 30.5

When the high water mark of a season is almost beating LeBron’s’ team once in the playoffs it may be a sign to shut it down, and unlike the rest of the eastern conference that is indeed what the Pacers did by trading Paul George and choosing to roll with Myles Turner as their center piece. After a frustrating season of players meshing incorrectly, this year may quickly become all about Victor Oladipo and his future viability for the franchise. The remaining back court of Darren Collison and Corey Joseph offer stability at the point guard spot, likely pushing Lance Stephenson into the sole role of Victor’s back-up. Bojan Bogdanovic is capable of serving up some scoring surges and last season Glen Robinson III took a big step forward which should mean a clear path toward more minutes once he gets healthy. Thaddeus Young has looked lost in his tenure with the club, but now he seemingly has an opportunity for increased production, although the team definitely wants to get a strong look at T.J. Leaf and Domantas Sabonis, making Thad a possible trade candidate.With Myles Turner securely in place they could survive the inevitable punch to the gut blow coming from losing their franchise player, but it will require their starting five to flow, 37-45. OVER

Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson

DETROIT PISTONS 38.5

Regression was the unfortunate theme in Detroit last season and starting the year with their point guard Reggie Jackson injured left them unable to recover, especially with his lukewarm play once he returned. Stan Van Gundy brought in new blood though with Avery Bradley looking to make a huge impact this season guarding the opponents point guards as well as leading them in scoring. Tobias Harris still offers his rangy game and Stanley Johnson will need to be ready to offer his length by filling some voids throughout their roster. Andre Drummond was progressing at a lightning quick rate before seeming to stall last season but he'll look to regain his footing while providing his key services yet again. Langston Galloway could prove a valuable guard off their bench along with Ish Smith, giving them a bit more depth there this year in the back court. The pairing of Jackson and Bradley should be an excellent fit for them so a return trip to the playoffs could be coming, but first they’ll need to revive the smothering defense of DETROIT BASKETBALL, 39-43. OVER

Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside

MIAMI HEAT 42.5

Miami's magic came up just short of the postseason last season, but with a roster full of youngsters the only way to look is up for them this year. Having so many players with intrigue in place now it’s easy to forget Hassan Whiteside and the meteoric rise he's made the past couple of seasons, but his presence will remain vital to the teams' heartbeat. Goran Dragic will look to pioneer their expedition operating with capable back up from Tyler Johnson as well as the utility man Josh Richardson. With their current pieces in place, they seem loaded for the long season with a bunch of players to pick from that offer upside including two players that had semi revival years for them in Dion Waiters and James Johnson. Kelly Olynyk comes on to give them another way to stretch the floor either around or without Whiteside. With their dependable point guard center combo they are set up for a better year as South Beach suddenly looks like a desirable place to play again, 44-38. OVER

Khris Middleton
Khris Middleton

MILWAUKEE BUCKS 46.5

Jason Kidd forcing himself away from Brooklyn is looking like one of the smartest things he could have done as he has a stacked young team that is getting scarier every day. Giannis Antetokounmpo is beyond scary, and his overall development has been the most fascinating parts of the league the past few seasons. They can field some of the fiercest five man groups with either their rookie of year Malcom Brogdon or their mad dog Matthew Dellavedova providing strong defense at the point guard position. Among their big men trio of Greg Monroe, Thon Maker, and John Henson exists a serviceable mesh of talents with some potential upside in Maker as well. Khris Middleton represents an excellent number two option and together with Tony Snell can provide lock down defense and pivotal shooting along the wings. Jabari Parker starts the year hurt, but Giannis is good enough now to steady the boat until he can get back. Expect this team to keep taking steps forward as Antetokounmpo does and to win plenty of games with their defense, 46-36. UNDER

DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan

TORONTO RAPTORS 47.5

Perhaps reaching their pinnacle already as a unit, it’s hard to get excited about the Raptors but DeMar DeRozan may take it upon himself to push his team to the next level. Every year DeRozan seemingly adds something to his game and now finally eyed three pointers as a main area to focus on this summer, which would compliment the enhanced shooting of the roster. Serge Ibaka was a significant upgrade for them with his proper defense and three point efficiency and Norman Powell and CJ Miles will be sharing minutes at small forward, providing them with a more than respectable starting unit. Jonas Valanciunas will continue to offer his post scoring, but the players behind him may continue to eat into his minute portions. Kyle Lowry and DeRozan have proven to be effective in leading the team to success in the past but they are always seemingly one piece away from truly toppling the conference; either way a strong regular season should ensue, 48-34. OVER

Al Horford
Al Horford

BOSTON CELTICS 53.5

Kyrie Irving made the first move ousting himself from the Cavaliers and landed in a peculiar spot positioned to be LeBron’s biggest conference rival. Gordon Hayward provides a new spark to the Celtics equation but in the process of clearing room for him they lost the key services of Avery Bradley, a defensive downgrade compounded later by the loss of Jae Crowder in the Isaiah Thomas deal. Horford slowed down his scoring and with Kyrie that may not change but his capability to have an offense run through him shows his immense worth for the teams overall success. Marcus Morris has proven capable of knocking down shots and rebounding so he’ll likely get the first shot in the starting lineup likely alongside either the second year pro Jaylen Brown or rookie Jayson Tatum. Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier provide capable backing guards but the frontline depth will need to be seen first to be believed. There's a lot of buzz around combining these star players together with the talents of their touted coach Brad Stevens, but it likely won’t come easy or quick enough to get to last year’s top overall spot unless Kyrie's really desperate to prove something, 51-31.UNDER

Kevin Love
Kevin Love

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 54.5

Coach Lue’s crew is new but “King Cog,” still remains to help facilitate in the transitional period. Dwayne Wade and Jae Crowder both could land in the coveted starting lineup as well as the eventually returning Isaiah Thomas, leaving just Kevin Love as the lone starter from Lebron's championship squad. Tristan Thompson still holds value in addition to J.R Smith and they’ll be working with the starters frequently enough themselves but pushing Love to center could be their best lineup, however if Crowder is thriving he could potentially eat into some of the closing time minutes of Love. Derrick Rose at the helm to start the year with Lebron and Wade by his side will be “Meme worthy,” for lamenting bulls fans thinking about what never could have been but it is a back court that will assuredly struggle to defend. This is not the same team from a year ago whatsoever, but dangerous still with the king and his court still in session, 52-30. UNDER

Bradley Beal & John Wall
Bradley Beal & John Wall

WASHINGTON WIZARDS 48.5

Continuity matters in the NBA and this Wizards team is ready to make a jump to the top of the eastern standings with both John Wall and Bradley Beal playing at an extremely high level. Having the best backcourt in the east will be impactful, as will a healthy Ian Mahinmi giving them more defensive stability for their second unit. Otto Porter broke out with his three point prowess and defensive work in garnering him major interest in the market but bringing him back was wise because of his smooth fit into their lineup. Markieff Morris provided Marcin Gortat with more spacing last season, but he’ll start the year hurt pushing Porter into more time at the four and opening up opportunities for Kelly Oubre to display talent. Jodie Meeks has proven three point marksmanship in his past but the bench overall with Tim Frazier playing his limited Wall relief role could be a weak point for them. Scott Brooks appears to be a strong regular season head coach and with the east in flux, this year could be the Wizards turn to seize the conference crown, 53-29. OVER

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