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2019-20 NBA Regular-Season Win Totals: Bucks And Sixers Lead The Pack

NBA OVER UNDER Win Totals August 19 2019

Although the NBA season doesn’t start until October, bettors and oddsmakers are already anticipating how the 2019-20 campaign will unfold and the Milwaukee Bucks lead the pack for projected win totals according to online sportsbooks.

The Bucks had the best record in the NBA last season and BetOnline has set their OVER/UNDER line at 57.5 wins. Following right after the Bucks are the Philadelphia 76ers at 54.5, Los Angeles Clippers at 53.5, Utah Jazz at 53.5 and Houston Rockets at 53.5 to round out the top five totals on the oddsboard.

Let’s take a look at three candidates that I think will either surpass or fall below expectations:

Los Angeles Lakers OVER 48.5 (-110)

Look, I thought they would win 50 games last year if LeBron James didn’t get hurt on Christmas Day. Now, they get a rested LeBron and add Anthony Davis to the mix? This one feels like a no-brainer to take the OVER.

The depth they added to this roster wasn’t the top choices and that were available and DeMarcus Cousins going down doesn't help but you can’t dismiss the additions of Danny Green, Jared Dudley and Avery Bradley. Green just got done playing in the NBA Finals and all are above-average defenders with three-point shooting ability.

Do I think they can win the NBA championship? Not likely, but I do think they can easily win 50 to 53 games during the regular season if everyone stays relatively healthy.

San Antonio Spurs OVER 45.5 (-120)

Did I miss the memo where the Spurs regressed? Yes, they struck out on free agency and had to settle for nabbing DeMarre Carroll for more wing depth but this is still a well-constructed team and they’re getting their point guard back.

Dejounte Murray has reportedly looked great in offseason rehab from his knee injury and that was the Spurs’ weakness last year when they had to rely too much on Derrick White and Bryn Forbes to be their lead ball-handler.

San Antonio is still such a tough place for opponents to play and last season the Spurs had the second-best home record in the Western Conference. They were the most efficient shooting team in the NBA when they led the league in three-point shooting percentage despite taking the fewest number of attempts.

They also play in a division with the Grizzlies and Pelicans, who will not be good next season. I think they’ll still squeak into the postseason and after winning 48 games in 2018-19, I certainly think they can repeat that feat.

Chicago Bulls UNDER 32.5 (+100)

Gone are the glory years of the Chicago Bulls from the Jordan and Rose eras and now this franchise is in a constant state of rebuild even though they keep adding pieces each season. The Bulls didn’t really add anyone of significance outside of point guard Coby White in the draft and Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky in free agency.

While I like these additions, none of them move the needle defensively and that’s where the Bulls were a train wreck last season. They ranked in the bottom five in both opponent field-goal percentage and three-point percentage and finished tied for the worst home record in the NBA at 9-32 SU in 41 games. I could see them winning 25 to 29 games but 33 wins for the Bulls – even in the Eastern Conference – sounds absurd.

Here is the full list of projected win totals for the 2019-20 NBA season:

2019-20 NBA Regular-season Win Totals
Team2018-19 Wins2019-20 Win TotalOVERUNDER
Atlanta Hawks2934.5+110-130
Boston Celtics4948.5-120+100
Brooklyn Nets4244.5+100-120
Charlotte Hornets3923.5+100-120
Chicago Bulls2232.5-120+100
Cleveland Cavaliers1924.5+105-125
Dallas Mavericks3340.5+105-125
Denver Nuggets5451.5-135+115
Detroit Pistons4137.5-115-105
Golden State Warriors5748.5-115-105
Houston Rockets5353.5-115-105
Indiana Pacers4847.5-110-110
Los Angeles Clippers4853.5-120+100
Los Angeles Lakers3748.5-110-110
Memphis Grizzlies3326.5-115-105
Miami Heat3942.5-125+105
Milwaukee Bucks6057.5-115-105
Minnesota Timberwolves3635.5-110-110
New Orleans Pelicans3338.5-125+105
New York Knicks1726.5-125+105
Oklahoma City Thunder4931.5-110-110
Orlando Magic4241.5-110-110
Philadelphia 76ers5154.5-110-110
Phoenix Suns1929.5-110-110
Portland Trail Blazers5346.5-110-110
Sacramento Kings3937.5-120+100
San Antonio Spurs4845.5-120+100
Toronto Raptors5845.5-110-110
Utah Jazz5053.5-110-110
Washington Wizards3227.5-120+100

All odds courtesy of BetOnline as of August 19