The NBA regular season is fast approaching and given how much roster movement took place over the summer, this should make for a super fun and exciting season in 2017-18.
This has been the summer of big name All-stars switching teams like most people change their socks but despite all of the celebrity changing uniforms, one thing remains constant. The Golden State Warriors are still the class of the NBA and the rest of these teams are trying to compete in an arms race.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the top ranked teams for this year’s upcoming NBA season and their respective over/under total win betting. Odds are from Bet365 Sportsbook
Golden State Warriors (67.5 wins): It’s really hard to look at this team as anything less than flawless. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are two of the best players in the league today and still very much in their Prime. The core is still intact and Kevin Durant even took less money to resign with the team in the off-season. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green complete 4/5 of the best starting rotation in the league. It’s also worth noting that the NBA finals from a year ago against the Cleveland Cavaliers showcased one very good team in Cleveland and LeBron James… And one of the greatest teams of all time and Golden State. Barring a catastrophe this team will win the West… The only question is how many wins will they finish with? They finish last year with 67 wins, it’ll be interesting to see if they can improve on that Mark this season.
San Antonio Spurs (54.5 wins): For three straight seasons the San Antonio Spurs have finished with the second best record in the NBA. Only the Golden State Warriors I’ve had a higher winning percentage over that stretch then one of the most consistent franchises in NBA history. The Spurs heading to this season with a bit of a different look on the roster. Both Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are still part of the team however neither will be in the starting rotation as the team looks to continue the youth movement in Texas. Kawhi Leonard remains one of the best players in the league, and LaMarcus Aldridge will look for a bounce-back year after a subpar season in 2016. The team signed veteran Swingman Rudy Gay to join a front Court that already has Pao Gasol. Gregg Popovich continues to churn out a winning product year after year despite the players on the roster. Make no mistake about it this team will be in the hunt come playoff time and should eclipse the total win mark of 54.5 with relative ease. Although reaching the 61 win mark from a season ago maybe a bit of a stretch this will still be one of the upper echelon teams in the league.
Houston Rockets (56.5 wins): One of the more surprising moves of the offseason saw the Houston Rockets land future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul from the Rival Los Angeles Clippers. The addition of Paul to a backcourt that already includes MVP candidate James Harden instantly gives the Rockets arguably the best backcourt in the league right now. The Rockets finished with 55 wins a year ago so the projected over under of 56.5 seems entirely doable given the amount of Firepower on the floor. The team also brought in veteran forward PJ Tucker from the Raptors who should fit in quite nicely defending the three position against a number of very good Western Conference foes. Last year also saw the emergence of Trevor Ariza who showed a consistent ability to be able to score points as a result of that much more free space on the court. The only thing to keep an eye on out of the gate is how the ball distribution will work between Harden and Paul who are both possession heavy guards.
Boston Celtics (54.5 wins): Perhaps the most active team of the offseason was none other than the defending Atlantic Division champion Boston Celtics. A 53 win team from a season ago only got better this offseason when first they landed free agent prized acquisition Gordon Hayward from the Utah Jazz and then follow that up by pulling off one of the most Blockbuster trades in franchise history last month. The team traded All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder to the Rival Cleveland Cavaliers for Superstar point guard Kyrie Irving. There’s no denying the upgrade and talents on the floor for the Boston Celtics especially considering Al Horford and youngster Jalen Brown are talented scores and will be secondary options to Hayward and Irving. The interesting storyline to watch here will be how head coach Brad Stevens will be able to manage nearly 40% of the team’s roster completely turned over from a season ago. The talent is there and collectively the Celtics appear to be a better team on paper than they were last year, the Raptors and Wizards appear to have gotten better as well meaning a second consecutive Eastern Conference crown isn’t written in stone.
Cleveland Cavaliers (54.5 wins): This be a no-brainer that the Cavaliers should easily eclipse the 54.5 win projection from Bet365. Although this team finished the year with a 51 and 31 record in 2017 it should be noted that the team was banged up and did not appear to be concerned with actually competing against the Boston Celtics in the regular season Eastern Conference standings. LeBron James continues to be the most dominating basketball player on the planet, and as long as he is on the floor this team should be considered the best of the Best in the Eastern Conference. Along with Boston the Cavaliers made headlines recently by swapping star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas. The Cavaliers also received veteran Jae Crowder in the deal who will bolster an already deep rotation featuring Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Tristan Thompson, JR Smith, and Channing Frye who will all be supporting players to LeBron, Kevin Love, and Isaiah Thomas. Let’s not forget that 2 years ago the Cavaliers dethroned the Golden State Warriors in seven games and showed nothing but Championship pedigree up and down the floor. The Cavaliers are most certainly built to contend and fight for an NBA finals this season with free agency looming at the finality of this year with face of the franchise LeBron James. There’s no denying the fact that there will certainly be anticipation when the Cavs and the Celtics first meet in the regular season, especially considering all of the bad blood that was recently displayed by The Departed Kyrie Irving.