Sports gamblers rejoice! Oddsmakers from Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas have released team-by-team over/under win projections and title odds for the upcoming 2016-17 NBA season.
|TEAM||WIN TOTAL||TITLE ODDS|
|Golden State Warriors||66.5||5-7|
|Los Angeles Clippers||53.5||20-1|
|Los Angeles Lakers||24.5||300-1|
|New Orleans Pelicans||36.5||100-1|
|New York Knicks||38.5||80-1|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||45.5||30-1|
|Portland Trail Blazers||46.5||80-1|
|San Antonio Spurs||56.5||6-1|
The Warriors have increased their win total in each of the previous four seasons. It’s highly unlikely that they will improve on their win total for a fifth straight year after literally winning more games in a single season than any other team in history.
While 74+ wins is plausible, the Warriors clearly have their intentions set on bringing home another championship to the Bay. This makes their projected win total of 66.5 games that much more intriguing.
There was an obvious difference in the way that Steve Kerr and company attacked each of the previous two seasons. In 2014-15, players like Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala sat out the occasional game with a deep postseason run in mind.
The following 2015-16 season, the Warriors became hell bent on obliterating every team in their path, which they accomplished. However, this type of balls-to-the-wall effort over 82 games eventually took its toll on the players come May and June when health came into play.
Back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry let everyone know this summer that 74 wins is not a goal that the Warriors will be carrying into the upcoming season, stating that their focus and energy will be spent on winning a championship.
With a second title in mind, it appears that the Warriors will need to be more cerebral in how they attack the upcoming season. This primarily means more scheduled days of rest for marquee players. I don’t expect the team to designate a specified win total like last season. Rather, that number will take shape in the form of however many games it takes to lock up home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.