Every year the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook releases the projected win total for every NBA team. Fans have the option of betting if a team will go over or under the win total projected. This year Westgate projects the Spurs to win 58.5 games.
The Golden State Warriors lead the way with 60.5 projected wins, the Oklahoma City Thunder followed with 57.5 while the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers are at 56.5 apiece.
Is it smart to go over or under the Spurs win total, if you’re a betting man?
Golden State should win at least 60 games. Oklahoma City looks like a 60-win team on paper, with Kevin Durant healthy and Russell Westbrook playing like an MVP. The Houston Rockets and Clippers should earn around 55 victories. The Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans look like playoff locks. The Utah Jazz are looking to take the eighth seed and make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Only a few teams in the West, such as the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers, regressed. The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings could surprise, though the Phoenix Suns should remain a borderline playoff team.
With all that said, the Spurs will be near the top of the conference, but how many games does that mean they’ll win?
While many are talking about the acquisitions of the Spurs in the offseason, some are forgetting who departed. The Spurs lost key contributors in Tiago Splitter, Marco Belinelli, Aron Baynes, and Cory Joseph.
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There are questions for the Spurs to answer this year. Can Tony Parker play at a high level? Who will be the backup small forward and center? It appears that Parker’s best days are behind him. Kyle Anderson can fill in at small forward. The 22-year-old looked terrific all summer and has had some moments in the preseason.
I predict the Spurs to win 57 games. Kawhi Leonard, Aldridge, and Tim Duncan are an immensely talented trio. Danny Green is improving, and players like Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson can have a big impact off the bench.
However, Coach Gregg Popovich has a history of resting older players, which can hurt the win total. This is a bet you can stay away from. Though if you love gambling, it might be wise to take the under.