The NBA off-season was filled with its usual drama, with big name players changing locations. Russell Westbrook was one of the most notable names to find a new home, as the Los Angeles Lakers made a blockbuster trade with the Washington Wizards that allowed Westbrook to land in his home city. The Lakers had one of the highest projected win totals in the NBA at the start of the season as they were set at 52.5 wins at most books. The Brooklyn Nets had the highest win total over/under, typically coming in at 56.5 wins.
In a usual pro basketball season (i.e. not one impacted by a pandemic) that runs 82 regular season games, the top tier teams are usually slated with win totals like 55.5 or 53.5. Bottom tier teams are usually saddled with season over/unders like 24.5 or 26.5.
NBA regular season win totals
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Over under win totals for each NBA team are shown below.
Trae Young and his talented young supporting cast return after a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals. De’Andre Hunter, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Cam Reddish will hope to showcase longevity after their respective injury-riddled seasons and Delon Wright is a valuable addition as a backup for Young.
Brad Stevens moved from the sidelines to the front office and hired Ime Udoka to take over as head coach. Meanwhile, the Celtics continue to move in a youthful direction with Al Horford on board as a leader and mentor to the young corps surrounding Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The consensus favorites to win the 2021-22 championship, Brooklyn enters the second year of the Kevin Durant era with James Harden (hamstring) healthy. Of course, no one knows how many regular season games Kyrie Irving will be playing. Jeff Green is gone, but their supporting cast still includes Blake Griffin, along with new additions Patty Mills and James Johnson.
LaMelo Ball exceeded all expectations while earning Rookie of the Year honors, and the Hornets hope to continue building with rookies James Bouknight and Kai Jones ready to contribute immediately. Veterans Mason Plumlee and Kelly Oubre Jr. will help stabilize the roster.
After flipping draft capital for Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline last season, Bulls GM Marc Eversley doubled down this offseason by trading three picks to the Spurs for DeMar DeRozan and signing Lonzo Ball to create a formidable starting lineup around Zach LaVine.
Ricky Rubio will run a team that features a glut of centers and power forwards, including No. 3 overall pick Evan Mobley. Kevin Love has boosted his trade stock over the past year and could finally earn a ticket out of town.
While Kristaps Porzingis is reportedly unhappy with his role and has been mostly ineffective as a true secondary option next to Luka Doncic, the Mavericks roster remains largely unchanged heading into the 2021-22 season.
Jamal Murray might not return from an ACL tear until the calendar turns to 2022, but the Nuggets were thriving at the end of last season without him thanks to the transcendent play of reigning MVP Nikola Jokic.
With No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham leading the charge, the Pistons are an extremely young team looking to start a productive rebuild. Rookie Luka Garza and second-year forward Isaiah Stewart will play crucial roles up front.
Golden State Warriors:
After missing consecutive seasons, Klay Thompson is expected to return at some point in 2021-22 and reform the Warriors championship-caliber trio alongside Steph Curry and Draymond Green. The Warriors might have scored a steal by drafting Jonathan Kuminga with the No. 7 overall pick.
Jalen Green leads a rebuilding Rockets team that should give John Wall ample rest throughout the remainder of his bloated contract. Green, Christian Wood, and Kevin Porter Jr. could surprise as an uber-talented trio of future stars.
Several key Pacers were injured and Caris LeVert took a hiatus to settle a health scare before joining his new squad, but Indy still made the play-in tournament on the strength of a run-and-gun style. We’ll see how new head coach Rick Carlisle adjusts in terms of pace and style.
Los Angeles Clippers:
Kawhi Leonard suffered a partially torn ACL during the playoffs and could be out for the majority – of not all – of the 2021-22 season. The Clippers dealt Patrick Beverley and Rajon Rondo for Eric Bledsoe to add some ball-handling and play-making during that period.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Aside from LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol and Talen Horton-Tucker are the only returning players for the Lakers. Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, and Trevor Ariza are among the new crop of veterans chasing a ring with LeBron.
The Grizzlies are loaded with talented young two-way players and have added even more toughness by acquiring Steven Adams and Patrick Beverley this offseason.
Pat Riley pulled off another high-profile move by acquiring Kyle Lowry, and he did without losing young studs Tyler Herro or Duncan Robinson. P.J. Tucker also joins a hard-nosed Miami team after helping the Bucks slow down Kevin Durant and eventually win the title.
The Bucks roster is largely unproven outside of their Big Three and starting rotation. But Milwaukee just proved that depth is overrated when it comes to navigating the postseason and winning a championship.
Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Malik Beasley all missed huge chunks of time last season as the Wolves finished 23-49 during the shortened 2020-21 season. All three players should be healthy to start this season.
New Orleans Pelicans:
New head coach Willie Green will be the third skipper for Zion Williamson in as many years. Green has a lot of options to deploy around the young phenom, highlighted by Jonas Valanciunas in the middle.
New York Knicks:
The Knicks were incredibly tough in their first year under Tom Thibodeau, but lacked consistent perimeter scoring. Thibs will hope that Kemba Walker (knee) has enough left in the tank to fix those issues.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
The Thunder openly and shamelessly tanked throughout the second half of last season and have shown no indications of trying to compete for a playoff spot over any of the next few years.
Jalen Suggs joins Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz (set to return from injury at some point in 2021-22), and Michael Carter-Williams in a crowded backcourt, and the Magic have several options up front with both Mo and Franz Wagner on the roster in addition to Robin Lopez and Wendell Carter Jr.
The Ben Simmons saga drags on. It looks as though Simmons might actually play again for the Sixers this season but he could be dealt at any moment.
Aside from Chris Paul, the Suns are young enough to overcome a shortened offseason and find success after their run to the NBA Finals this past July. Elfrid Payton is available to run point a few nights when CP3 needs rest.
Portland Trail Blazers:
The static Trail Blazers finally shook things up by moving on from Terry Stotts. New HC Chauncey Billups will have to find immediate success to placate frustrated star Damian Lillard.
Buddy Hield has been mentioned consistently in trade rumors, but remains part of the Kings young corps for now. Tristan Thompson will provide a veteran presence in the final year of his expiring contract.
San Antonio Spurs:
The Spurs are moving in a youthful direction and will be far, far better defensively now that neither LaMarcus Aldridge nor DeMar DeRozan are on the roster. Betting against Gregg Popovich to win at least 30 games would be folly.
Rookie forward Scottie Barnes gives the Raptors yet another impressive athlete to torture opponents on both ends of the floor. Goran Dragic and Fred VanVleet can stabilize their backcourt in the absence of Kyle Lowry.
The Jazz won a league-high 52 games last season and will have 10 more games to try and top this number now that the NBA is playing a full 82-game schedule. Injuries to Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell also diminished their performance during the tail end of the 2020-21 season.
Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell provided the return for Russell Westbrook and the Wizards will hope that those three players can potentially equal Westbrook’s insane production during the second half last season.
Season long win totals: Pre-season numbers
Here are what NBA win total over unders for each team were on Oct. 15, 2021.
- Atlanta Hawks 46.5
- Brooklyn Nets 56.5
- Boston Celtics 46.5
- Charlotte Hornets 38.5
- Chicago Bulls 43.5
- Cleveland Cavaliers 27.5
- Dallas Mavericks 48.5
- Denver Nuggets 47.5
- Detroit Pistons 25.5
- Golden State Warriors 47.5
- Houston Rockets 26.5
- Indiana Pacers 42.5
- LA Clippers 45.5
- LA Lakers 52.5
- Memphis Grizzlies 41.5
- Miami Heat 48.5
- Milwaukee Bucks 54.5
- Minnesota Timberwolves 35.5
- New Orleans Pelicans 39.5
- New York Knicks 42.5
- Oklahoma City Thunder 23.5
- Orlando Magic 22.5
- Philadelphia 76ers 50.5
- Phoenix Suns 51.5
- Portland Trail Blazers 44.5
- San Antonio Spurs 28.5
- Sacramento Kings 36.5
- Toronto Raptors 35.5
- Utah Jazz 52.5
- Washington Wizards 33.5
How to bet NBA Futures
Futures bets are propositions, usually on how a team might fair during the season or postseason. Odds are set very early during the offseason on most sportsbooks, including the favorites to win the NBA Finals.
As of August 2021, the Brooklyn Nets were the favorites to win it all at +220. That means a bet of $100 would win you $220 (for a total payout of $320) if Kevin Durant and company were to bring it home.
Odds are also available on Division Winners, Conference Winners, and all of the individual Postseason Awards such as MVP, Sixth Man of the Year, and more.
When a team or player is considered likely to win an award or a division, they will be listed with negative odds. So, for example, the Milwaukee Bucks were -5000 to take the Central Division heading into last season. It would have taken a bet of $5000 to win $100 because Milwaukee was such an overwhelming favorite to win a division that features the likes of the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons.
The most important thing about futures bets is to not overreact. There is so much hype surrounding professional sports, especially after such a tumultuous offseason, that it’s important to slow down and consider the tangible impact of each player added.
Yes, the Lakers improved on paper. But with so many contenders in the field, consider the level of risk compared to the reward, as +380 odds are not that great when choosing one team out of a field of 30.
These odds are set in order to inspire action. The lines move based on how much action they get and are often an indication of where the public is leaning.
Where do I find NBA win totals in a sportsbook?
In order to find win totals on an online sportsbook, simply click the NBA tab and look for a subset labeled “Team Wins” or “Regular Season Win Totals.”
All 30 NBA teams should be listed with a proposition listed between two numbers. For example, the Atlanta Hawks proposed win total was 35.5 last year. So 36 wins was the over and 35 wins was the under. You would have been a winner if you bet the over on the Hawks last season as Atlanta went 41-31 in the abbreviated season.
If a book lists a team on an exact number and they hit that number, it’s a “Push” and your bet is returned.
NBA win totals FAQ
Where can I bet on season win totals in the US?
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- New Jersey
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Legislation is on the table in a number of states with the more states sure to legalize sports betting in the upcoming years.
When does the 2021-22 NBA season start?
The regular season is slated to start on Oct. 19, 2021.
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