The 2016-17 NBA Season is drawing near. With the training camps around the corner, there have been a lot of news around the web previewing teams for the coming season.
During team previews, many like to ponder how many games teams would win following their win/loss records from a year ago. On Tuesday, Las Vegas released their numbers with help from Westgate SuperBook on how many wins teams in the NBA would accumulate next season.
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There is no surprise that the Golden State Warriors are on the top of the list as winning the most games, 66.5. Las Vegas has the Warriors winning more games than the defending Champions Cleveland Cavaliers, 10 to be exact.
The Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs are slated to win 56.5. With San Antonio heading into a season without Hall of Famer Tim Duncan whom retired shortly after the Spurs season ended, are looking to capitalize off of their franchise record 67 wins a season ago.
Oddsmaker Jeff Sherman has never seen such a huge gap between teams.
The 10-win gap between the Warriors and the other elite teams, Cleveland and San Antonio, is unusual, Sherman said. In past seasons, the elite teams had opening win totals in the range of 61.5, with the next tier of contenders listed in the high 50s. In addition to the Cavaliers and Spurs, only two other teams — the LA Clippers(53.5) and Boston Celtics (51.5) — opened with win totals greater than 50.
No surprise by the Warriors whom are expected to win as many games as Vegas has projected. They did manage to sign the most prized possession in all of free agency in Kevin Durant over the summer.
The day after Durant signed with the Warriors, the SuperBook opened the over/under on Golden State’s season win total at 68.5.
The Warriors are coming off of a season where they set an NBA regular season record in wins with 73, passing the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls for that feat.
The projected wins by the Warriors marks the highest win total oddsmaker Sherman has ever posted prior to the season.
With San Antonio coming off what was their best regular season of their franchise, do you see the Spurs winning more than 56 games or less?