The NBA All-Star break gives bettors a chance to catch a breather and reflect on their NBA bets to this point in the season.
Let’s take a look at three teams that should have no difficulty exceeding their season win totals and three teams that will need a miracle in order to meet bettors' expectations.
Three teams that will be hard-pressed to exceed their season win total
Los Angeles Lakers
Current wins: 25
Season win total: 56.5
Projected: 38 wins
This season has been nothing short of a train wreck for the Lakers and their bettors, unless you've been fading them.
Current wins: 28
Season win total: 50.5
Projected: 44 wins
The Celtics will have to endure the stretch run without stud PG Rajon Rondo (ACL). Boston may struggle to play .500 ball down the stretch and qualify for the playoffs.
Current wins: 19
Season win total 41
Projected: 31.5 wins
Oddsmakers were projecting the Timberwolves to be a .500 team, but they weren’t anticipating a long-term injury to F Kevin Love.
Three teams that are already closing in on their season win total
Current wins: 29
Season win total: 32
The acquisition of James Harden improved this team more than oddsmakers had anticipated. Harden’s 26.1 points per game is a huge jump from his 16.8 average as a member of the Thunder last season.
Golden State Warriors
Current wins: 30
Season win total: 36.5
Projected: 47 wins
The Warriors only need seven wins over their final 30 games to eclipse their season win total. But what bettors are really keeping an eye on is Golden State’s 33-18-1 O/U record.
Portland Trail Blazers
Current wins: 25
Season win total: 34
Projected: 39 wins
The Blazers skidded into the break on a five-game losing streak, but they’re still looking like a lock to surpass their 34-win total because of an outstanding 17-8 SU record at home.
All season win totals courtesy of the LVH on Oct. 29.