What will the over/under be for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017-18 NBA season?
For two decades, the San Antonio Spurs have been a lock to win at least 50 games in every NBA season. It’s been this way since the 1997-98 season, if the strike-shortened year of 1998-99 isn’t counted. David Robinson or Tim Duncan was part of all these teams except for the 2016-17 campaign, which had Kawhi Leonard lead the way. In that season, the Spurs won 61 games. It was the second consecutive year the team topped 60 wins.
For the 2017-18 season, will they be able to maintain this? That’s unknown, as Jonathon Simmons, Dewayne Dedmon and David Lee are no longer part of the team. Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne and Brandon Paul were signed to fill these roster spots. How big of an impact will they have on the final record?
The over/under on their win-loss total was revealed by Jeff Sherman of WestGate Las Vegas Superbook. The Spurs’ total was set at 54.5 wins. It’s significantly lower than their previous win-loss total.
2017-18 NBA reg season wins
Por 42.5Sac 28.5SA 54.5Tor 48.5Utah 40.5Was 47.5
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) August 29, 2017
This is one full game below the Houston Rockets, who have a 55.5 over/under. The Golden State Warriors are at 67.5 wins and the Oklahoma City Thunder are at 51.5. The Rockets added Chris Paul, the Thunder traded for Paul George and the Warriors still have one of the NBA’s best teams, so it’s stiff competition for the Spurs.
Of course, this isn’t indicative of anything that might happen in the 2017-18 season. Some teams will fall well below their over/under, while others will rise far above. Injuries, trades, breakout stars and other unforeseen events will transpire throughout the season, so get ready for these win totals (even as they’re over/under’s) to fluctuate once the middle of October hits.
Are you in favor of the Spurs’ mark for their over/under? Is it too high, too low, or just right?