Wizards 2019-20 Season Win Total: Count on a Bradley Beal Trade?

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  • Prior to the 2019-20 NBA season, Matt Moore (@HPBasketball) analyzes each team's win total odds.
  • Below, Matt provides a case for the over and under + gives his confidence rating for the Washington Wizards' win total this year.

Check out this post for updated season win total odds and this post for my other 29 season win total picks.

All odds as of Friday. Check out PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).

Washington Wizards Win Total

The Case for the Over (26.5, PointsBet)

The Case for the Under (27.5, DraftKings)

This may legitimately be the worst roster in the league. If you take out Bradley Beal, it’s definitely the worst roster, and he may get traded, and if he does he’s not getting traded for immediate upgrades.

Players currently out in the preseason: John Wall (Achilles), C.J. Miles (foot), Isaiah Thomas (thumb), Troy Brown (calf) and Ian Mahinmi (Achilles soreness).

They lost Mahinmi, and it was a significant injury for them. Think about that. He’s out six weeks.

Ish Smith is probably their second-best player, if not Thomas Bryant. Rui Hachimura needs to be good immediately. That’s difficult for a rookie on a bad team. Beal could play at an MVP level and they’d probably still wind up at 28 wins.

Someone in the league has to absorb the Ls; someone has to be “that godawful team.” It sure looks like it’s going to be the Wizards.

The Verdict

  • The pick: Under 27.5
  • Confidence: 8 out of 10

Slam the under; there’s no other option.