The start of the NBA season is still a couple of months away, but that hasn't stopped people from speculating as to how teams will fare, including bettors.
Since FanDuel Sportsbook has released the full set of over/under win totals for the upcoming NBA season, let's take a look at the five highest and lowest totals for the 2019-20 season.
The first thing that jumps out about the top-5 is the five game difference between the Los Angeles Clippers (56.5 games) and the Los Angeles Lakers (51.5). By most standards, including the odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, they're considered the two best teams in the league, led by two of the most impressive duos in the league – Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the Clips and LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the Lakers.
The team with the most wins last year, the Milwaukee Bucks, are tied with the Clippers at 56.5 wins. The Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Philadelphia Sixers, who all went through roster overhauls this summer, are sandwiched between the the aforementioned LA teams, at 53.5.
In terms of the lowest totals, it seems to be the usual suspects from the last few seasons, with the exception of the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets, who each lost their franchise players, in Mike Conley and Kemba Walker, respectively.
With a handful of bad contracts and no incredible young talent to look forward to, this could soon be a familiar spot for the Hornets over the next four or five seasons. Memphis is entering a full-on rebuild on the foundation of young players Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant, this year's No. 2 overall pick.
While there are no guarantees with win totals, these preseason over/under totals are usually are a solid indicator of where teams will potentially end up by season's end.
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