The Golden State Warriors will be 11 wins better than their closest competition in the upcoming NBA regular season according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released its NBA season win totals and projected the Dubs to win 67.5 games. The Boston Celtics, with newly acquired Kyrie Irving, own the next highest total at 56.5 followed closely by Houston Rockets at 55.5, the San Antonio Spurs at 54.5 and the Cleveland Cavaliers at 53.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, who traded for Paul George in the offseason, are the only other team with a win total north of 50 games.
There are several clubs Vegas sees taking a major step forward this season. The Minnesota Timberwolves were projected to win around 41 or 42 games a season ago but finished well below the number. That didn’t stop the books from bumping the T-Wolves’ win total up to 47.5 games this season. That’s a 17.5-game improvement from the 31 wins the club netted last year.
Minnesota traded for all-star wing Jimmy Butler, signed point guard Jeff Teague and veteran big man Taj Gibson. The new trio joins an existing core of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns – two players younger than 23 and who both averaged more than 23 points per game last season.
The Chicago Bulls, the side that traded Butler to the Wolves, are expected to inhabit the league’s basement. Chicago is projected to win 19.5 fewer games than it did last season when the club finished with 41 wins and the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Bulls are going with a youth movement and many expect veteran guard Dwyane Wade will be a buyout casualty in the coming months.
The Westgate wasn’t the first book to post NBA season win totals. BetOnline released its totals back in mid-July and, while the Westgate’s numbers didn’t deviate too much, there were a few interesting differences of opinion between the two sportsbooks.
Offshore projected the Brooklyn Nets to be the worst team in the Association and slapped a 20.5-win total on the squad. Vegas projected the Nets to win closer to 28 or 29 games.
The Atlanta Hawks were shorted much more in Vegas than offshore. The Westgate sees the Hawks as the second worst team in the league with a projected win total of just 25.5 – a number that’s 9.5 games lower than the opening offshore number for Atlanta.
The Hawks lost Paul Millisap to the Denver Nuggets and traded center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets for salary filler.
Vegas and offshore trust the process in Philadelphia. Both books project a double-digit win improvement for the 76ers in the 2017-2018 campaign. The Sixers are injecting the No. 1 overall picks in the past two drafts (Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz) into their starting lineup.