On Tuesday, the Westgate SuperBook posted it’s predicted NBA teams win totals for the regular season. The defending champs (San Antonio Spurs), are predicted to win 56.5 games, which ranks right behind Cleveland and Oklahoma City. The Cavaliers lead the list with 58.5 predicted wins and the Thunder are second with 57.5.
The Cavaliers won 33 games last season and are season to nearly double that, with no surprise. With LeBron James and Kevin Love joining a terrific back court in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters that isn’t much of a surprise. It also doesn’t surprise me that they are predicted to have the most wins as they are in a weaker conference (Eastern). However the Thunder are seen to finish one game better than the Spurs which makes sense, as coach Popovich rests his core players (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker) from time to time and the Spurs seem to care about making the postseason healthy.
With Patty Mills injury and Tiago Splitter‘s recent injury it would come as no surprise if the young Thunder team took the first seed in a loaded Western Conference. With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way, one can expect the two teams to meet once again in the conference finals.
What comes as a surprise is that there is no projected 60 win team, which would mark the first time since the 2000-01 season that there hasn’t been one. With so many talented teams in the Western Conference and a rising Eastern Conference, there’s a realistic chance that there might not be one particular team that dominates like in past seasons. There’s a solid chance that instead there will be many teams with 40 to 50 wins. Of course, there will be some teams such as the Cavaliers, Thunder, Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls that should be able to reach the mid 50’s.