Warriors, Pelicans Among Early NBA Win Total Movers in Las Vegas
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- The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook recently released its win totals for the 2019-20 NBA season.
- Several numbers have already moved, including win totals for the Warriors, Pelicans, Knicks and Thunder.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook recently posted its win totals for the upcoming NBA season. It’s been a hectic offseason and surely everyone has different opinions on which teams will flourish and which will flounder in the new-look league.
Not surprisingly, a handful of win totals were hit hard enough right out of the gate to force legitimate movement, including four teams whose odds have moved by an entire win.
NBA Win Total Movers
- Golden State: 48.5 to 49.5
- Indiana: 46.5 to 47
- New Orleans: 38.5 to 39.5
- New York: 28.5 to 27.5
- OKC: 30.5 to 31
- Portland: 45.5 to 46.5
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are certainly one of the most controversial teams entering the season, with some folks going as far as saying they won’t even make the playoffs.
Though anything is possible, the big bets in the early going have come in on the over, moving their total from 48.5 to 49.5. Since their dynasty began in 2014, this team has won 67, 73, 67, 58 and 57 games in each of the past five seasons, respectively.
The big question is whether or not Steph Curry and D’Angelo Russell can mesh, as most of the offense will run through them until Klay Thompson returns. If they falter early, they could struggle in a deep Western Conference.
Indiana has also seen some love after acquiring Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb this offseason. Considering it won 48 games last year even though Victor Oladipo played in only 36 total games, bettors have raised the bar from 46.5 to 47.5 in the early going.
With many feeling that the Eastern Conference is even more wide open this year, it makes sense that people think the Pacers can at least match last season’s performance
New Orleans Pelicans
It’s Zion time in New Orleans! The Pelicans won just 33 games last year, but have acquired several impact players in a very busy offseason. Obviously they lost Anthony Davis, but will be debuting …
- Zion Williamson
- JJ Redick
- Brandon Ingram
- Lonzo Ball
- Josh Hart
- Derrick Favors
That’s a lot of solid players if you ask me, but they could be overpowered by the other Western Conference playoff contenders, whose stars are older with longer track records.
Is the hype warranted or will the Pelicans struggle to approach .500 in their first season of a new era?
New York Knicks
The only team whose win total has gone down is the Knicks … who else? Ever since Kevin Durant tore his Achilles, things have spiraled out of control for New York.
It failed to land any superstars and will need RJ Barrett and the motley crew of role players to turn the franchise around. With just 17 wins last year, the bar has been set very low.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Action Network’s Matt Moore thinks that the Thunder’s win total is set too low and so do bettors.
Chris Paul trade talks have quieted for now, but even if they did trade the aging superstar, they’d still have a pretty solid team.
As Moore explains, it would be somewhat tough for them to be a sub-30 win team with Paul, Danilo Gallinari, Steven Adams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Even if they traded some of those players during the season, they’d likely get something of substance in return for salary purposes.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers are not one of the sexier teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Rockets and Jazz certainly have more buzz thanks to big offseason moves, but Portland should not be overlooked.
A 53-win team last year, Portland is returning with a similarly solid roster for the upcoming campaign. It may naturally fall down a peg due to tougher competition, but the opening number of 45.5 was clearly too low in the eyes of the market.