As the NBA regular season is approaching, there is a lot of ways to get excited for tip-off. One thing I do annually is look at the NBA Win Totals and decide what future bets I want to make in an attempt to make a little more cash than I started with.
All of these win totals are courtesy of PointsBet so depending on what sportsbook you are looking at and when you decide to pull the trigger. Here are three of the better teams in the NBA and we will discuss where we should be betting and exactly why we should place those wagers.
Brooklyn Nets OVER 56.5 WINS
The Brooklyn Nets should be able to easily eclipse the 60 win total as they finished 48-24 in 2020 and were dealing with an everchanging roster dealing with injuries. Now the only thing is the Kyrie Irving “controversy” but I would not be shocked if this is more of a principle thing and Irving gets vaccinated prior to tip-off. Even with Kyrie out, this Nets team can still hit the over.
I understand the Eastern Conference has gotten a bit tougher but what teams can defeat this Brooklyn Nets team with another year together and head coach Steve Nash in his sophomore season? This team should not lose 25 games unless major injuries plague this team but 57 wins seem extremely attainable this season.
Los Angeles Clippers UNDER 45.5 WINS
Without Kawhi Leonard for a majority of the regular season, I do not trust in this Clippers team to be more than a couple games over .500 this season. Paul George has shown the ability to step up early in the season but the depth of this Clippers team is not like what we have been used to in a previous couple of seasons.
The Clippers finished the 2020 season with a 47-25 record and this was with a healthy Leonard and George. The addition of shooting guard Eric Bledsoe was a decent move by the organization to plug into the starting lineup but unless Leonard returns close to the All-Star break, I envision a 40-43 win total for Los Angeles.
Milwaukee Bucks UNDER 54.5 WINS
The reigning NBA Champions did not do enough to make sure they will be in a good position to win a lot of regular-season games as their biggest loss was a power forward P.J. Tucker during the offseason. The Bucks were a versatile defensive player and he was the defensive leader and now a lot more pressure shoots upon Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton to defend the wings better than they did last season.
The Bucks were just 46-26 last season so they can easily end up losing 30 games and having a championship hangover could be factors to be the third through fifth seed in the Eastern Conference by playoff times. It will take some getting used to but head coach Mike Budenholzer isn’t a great game adjuster either. Expect around a similar regular season for the Bucks here.
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