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Dubs Expected to Once Again Pace the NBA in Wins

Everyone may still be fighting over the Warriors’ and Cavaliers’ scraps next year but a few big offseason moves have seen an already lopsided league become even more top-heavy.

With next year’s picture starting to come into focus, sportsbooks have begun the process of setting team win totals for the 2017-18 season and it’s the defending champs who own the highest OVER/UNDER at 67.5 over at BetOnline.

Finishing the 2016-17 regular season with 67 wins, the Warriors are the favorites to hoist yet another Larry O’Brien Trophy and with virtually the same team returning next year, a 70-win season is not out of the question.

Despite the addition of Nick “Swaggy P” Young making it look like the Dubs are assembling the All Shaqtin’ a Fool Squad, Golden State is still by far the best team in the association and it will take nothing short of a miracle to knock them off their pinnacle in the West. If Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson can stay healthy, the Dubs’ record-setting 73-win season could potentially be topped up by a win or two in 2017-18.

The second-highest win total (56.5) belongs to a new-look Houston Rockets team that will be trying to build on its 55-win season. James Harden excelled running the point for the high-flying Rockets last year so there’s sure to be an adjustment period with Chris Paul set to take the reins in Houston’s backcourt.

No line has been set for the Celtics so far with the Gordon Hayward signing still sinking in but it’s likely that the C’s will be given a total in the range of 55-57 after Danny Ainge and company tangibly improved a squad that won 53 games a season ago. At first glance, the Celtics look like a team that could now compete with the Cavs in a seven-game playoff series and it appears we’re destined for a rematch between the two clubs in the 2017-18 Eastern Conference final.

Speaking of the Cavs, can they eclipse their win total of 54.5? Not if you ask LeBron. The King couldn’t care less about the regular season and with the Wizards, Celtics, Bucks and 76ers all on the rise, there’s a good chance Cleveland fails to reach 50. It was clear for the Cavs how beneficial it was for them to rest LeBron before the playoffs so don’t be surprised if he sits out even more contests in next year’s campaign.

Taking the honors for the lowest total on the board is the Brook-less Nets. They’ve been assigned an embarrassing 21.5-win number that a roster almost completely devoid of talent could easily go UNDER if they really put their minds to it.

Another notable total is that of the Los Angeles Lakers (32.5). It’s probably going to take 50 wins to make the playoffs in the Western Conference in 2017-18 so if bookmakers are correct, LaVar Ball’s prediction of his son Lonzo leading the Lake-show to the playoffs in his rookie year could be just a little off.

That said, everything that the genius behind the Big Baller Brand has said so far has come absolutely true and after the family’s appearance on WWE Raw, I’m all in on them Ball boys.

2017-18 NBA Regular-Season Win Totals

Odds as of July 6 at BetOnline

  • Golden State Warriors 67.5
  • Houston Rockets 56.5
  • San Antonio Spurs 55.5
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 54.5
  • Toronto Raptors 50.5
  • Oklahoma City Thunder 48.5
  • Washington Wizards 47.5
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 46.5
  • Denver Nuggets 42.5
  • Milwaukee Bucks 42.5
  • Miami Heat 42.5
  • Memphis Grizzlies 41.5
  • Los Angeles Clippers 41.5
  • New Orleans Pelicans 41.5
  • Detroit Pistons 40.5
  • Portland Trail Blazers 40.5
  • Charlotte Hornets 40.5
  • Philadelphia 76ers 40.5
  • Atlanta Hawks 36.5
  • Orlando Magic 36.5
  • New York Knicks 34.5
  • Dallas Mavericks 34.5
  • Los Angeles Lakers 32.5
  • Sacramento Kings 31.5
  • Indiana Pacers 30.5
  • Chicago Bulls 29.5
  • Phoenix Suns 25.5
  • Brooklyn Nets 21.5
  • Boston Celtics NA
  • Utah Jazz NA