- European sportsbook Sky Bet released win totals for all 30 NBA teams this week.
- The Celtics and Warriors lead the way, but the Lakers’ win total is up 20 from last year thanks to LeBron James.
The NBA entered free agency earlier this week and won’t tip off its regular season for another three to four months. But British-based sports book Sky Bet has seen enough from the offseason to post win totals on all 30 teams (oh, happy day!).
The Golden State Warriors lead the way with a win total of 68.5, which is 11 more than any other team. The Boston Celtics come in second with 57.5 wins. It will be the fourth straight year the Warriors enter the regular season with the highest projected Vegas win total, coming away with the title in three of those seasons.
Without further ado, projected win totals for all 30 NBA teams in 2018-19:
Notes & Trends
Golden State Warriors
Win Total: 68.5
2017-18 W-L: 58-24
Only four teams in NBA history have won 69 or more regular-season games. Let’s just say expectations are high in Golden State after with the Warriors having won three titles in four years. The Warriors’ win total in 2017-18 was 67.5, just a win fewer than 2018-19 and they proved last season that home-court advantage doesn’t mean a ton since they can win on the road at a moment’s notice (24-14 on the road in the playoffs under Steve Kerr).
Los Angeles Lakers
Win Total: 52.5
2017-18 W-L: 35-47
The Lakers won 35 games in 2017-18 and are now projected to win 52.5 games in 2018-19, the fourth-highest projected win total in the league. Los Angeles’ 17.5-game increase is the highest among any team in the NBA, which is not unexpected with LeBron James coming to town. In 2014-15, when LeBron returned home to Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers, he jumped their win total from 33 to 53 that season, a 60.6% increase in wins. If he performed that miracle task with the Lakers in 2018-19, they would finish with just over 56 wins.
Win Total: 47.5
2017-18 W-L: 59-23
Aside from the Cavs, who lost LeBron in free agency, no team had a larger decrease in their projected win total than the Toronto Raptors, who won 59 games last season. Toronto has won 50+ games in three straight seasons and re-signed Sixth Man of the year nominee Fred VanVleet, which was one of their biggest priorities of the offseason. Under new head coach Nick Nurse, who was an assistant in Toronto for five seasons, the Raptors are tied with the Wizards for the third-highest projected win total in the Eastern Conference.
Win Total: 57.5
2017-18 W-L: 55-27
Kyrie Irving played in just 60 games last season, none in the playoffs. Gordon Hayward was lost for the entire season on opening night … and Boston still won 55 games. The Celtics still have enough assets to wheel-and-deal this summer, especially with Danny Ainge at the helm. The Celtics’ win total of 57.5 is their highest in at least the last 15 seasons and after going over its win total of 53.5 and 52.5 the last two seasons, Boston is primed to be the class of the East in 2018-19.
Win Total: 34.5
2017-18 W-L: 21-61
Finally, the beautiful specimen that is the Phoenix Suns. In 2017-18, Phoenix won an NBA-low 21 games and closed out the regular season an atrocious 3-27 after Feb. 1. Good news — 2018-19 is supposed to be a little better. With a projected bump of 13.5 games, the Suns have the second-largest increase in the league behind just the Lakers. With Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges in the fold, the free agent addition of Trevor Ariza and the upside of such players as Josh Jackson, there is reason to believe Phoenix will be better in 2018-19.
All odds are as of July 5, 2018 (via Sky Bet)