Although the NBA season does not begin until October, bettors and oddsmakers are already expecting how the 2019-20 campaign??will unfold and the Milwaukee Bucks lead the bunch for projected win totals according to internet sportsbooks.
The Bucks had the best record in the NBA last year and BetOnline has set their OVER/UNDER lineup at 56.5 wins. Following right after the Bucks are the Los Angeles Clippers in 54.5,??Philadelphia 76ers at 54.5, Utah Jazz at 53.5 along with Houston Rockets at 53.5 to round out the top five totals on the oddsboard.
Let us take a look at three candidates that I think will surpass or drop below expectations:
I thought they would win 50 games last year when LeBron James did not get hurt on Christmas Day. Now, they get a rested LeBron and add Anthony Davis to the mixture? This one feels as a no-brainer to choose the OVER.
The thickness they added to this roster was not the best choices that were available but you can not dismiss the improvements of DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Jared Dudley and Avery Bradley. Two of these four just got done playing at the NBA Finals and all are above-average defenders with three-point firing ability.
Do I think they can win the NBA championship? Not probably, but I really do think they are easily able to win 52 to 56 games during the regular season if everyone stays relatively healthy.
Did I miss the memo where the Spurs regressed? Yes, they broke out on free agency and had to settle for??nabbing DeMarre Carroll to get more wing depth but this remains a well-constructed team and they’re getting their point guard back.
Dejounte Murray has allegedly looked fantastic in offseason rehabilitation from his knee injury and that was the Spurs’ weakness last year when they needed to rely a lot on Derrick White and Bryn Forbes for their direct ball-handler.
San Antonio remains such a tough place for opponents to play along with last year the Spurs??had the in-house house record in the Western Conference. They were the most effective shooting team in the NBA when they led the league in three-point shooting percent despite taking the fewest??number of attempts.
They play in a branch with the Grizzlies and Pelicans, that will not be good next year. I think they’ll still squeak in the postseason and after winning 48 games in 2018-19, I surely believe they can repeat that feat.
Gone are the glory years of the Chicago Bulls in the Jordan and Rose eras and now this franchise is still now in a constant state of reconstruct even though they continue adding pieces each season. The Bulls didn’t really add anybody of significance outside of point guard Coby White from the draft and Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky at no agency.
While I like these additions, none of them move the needle and that’s where the Bulls have been a train wreck . They rated in the lowest five in both competitor field-goal percent and three-point percentage and ended tied for the worst home record in the NBA at 9-32 SU at 41 games. I may see them winning 25 to 29 games but 33??wins for the Bulls??– in the Eastern Conference — sounds absurd.
Here’s the Complete list of projected win totals for the 2019-20 NBA season:
All odds courtesy at August 6 of BetOnline

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