Bucks Projected For Most NBA Wins, While Hornets & Cavs At Bottom


With NBA free agency finally having calmed down after arguably the wildest summer in league history, the Association largely will go dark for a few months until teams start reporting to training camp in September. About the only thing we are waiting on news-wise is the release of the 2019-20 schedule. Last year, that happened in early August. If history is any indication, the new season should start on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and one of the games that night would be the Toronto Raptors hoisting their first-ever title banner.

But, with most of the rosters now set around the league, the 2019-20 win totals have started to trickle out, and the Milwaukee Bucks are given the highest total with 56.5 wins (both -110). Led by first-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks led the NBA with 60 victories last regular season and were up 2-0 on the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals before dropping four straight games. The Bucks lost two solid contributors in Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic but added Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez, who will play alongside brother Brook.

The Los Angeles Clippers were the big offseason winners and are listed at 55.5 wins, with both at -110. The Clippers were 48-34 a year ago and lost in the first round of the playoffs but of course have added All-Star forwards and MVP candidates in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. It cost them Danilo Gallinari and good-looking young point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander plus a ton of draft picks, but it was a no-brainer deal to get George from Oklahoma City.

The Clippers’ Staples Center co-tenants, the Lakers, have a win total of 51.5, with the over a -120 favorite. Of course, the Lakers landed Anthony Davis in trade to play with LeBron James, plus the likes of DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Jared Dudley and Avery Bradley. They lost young guys Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart in the Davis deal. I LOVE the under on this one because the Lakers are built for the playoffs and will be resting James and Davis plenty next regular season.

Golden State, which lost Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala and likely will be without Klay Thompson all season is at 47.5 wins, with the over a -130 favorite. Be interesting to see how D’Angelo Russell fits next to Steph Curry – that backcourt is going to be atrocious defensively.

No chance of the Raptors repeating as NBA champs after losing Leonard and they have a win total of 45.5 (both -110). The rest of the cast is back, and this should still be a playoff team but it’s also possible that team boss Masai Ujiri starts his rebuild by trading pending free agents Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka by the February trade deadline.

The Charlotte Hornets lost All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker to Boston and replaced him with Terry Rozier – downgrade! They have a win total of just 24.5, lowest in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs won just 19 games a season ago and their first-round pick, Darius Garland, is coming off a torn ACL that ended his college career after just a few games. Don’t be surprised if the Cavs trade Kevin Love by the February trade deadline. New coach John Beilein has a lot of work to do there.

BetOnline NBA Win Totals

  • Milwaukee Bucks: 56.5 (60-22 in 2019)

  • Los Angeles Clippers: 55.5 (48-34 in 2019)

  • Philadelphia 76ers: 53.5 (51-31 in 2019)

  • Utah Jazz: 52.5 (50-32 in 2019)

  • Los Angeles Lakers: 51.5 (37-45 in 2019)

  • Houston Rockets: 51.5 (53-29 in 2019)

  • Denver Nuggets: 50.5 (54-28 in 2019)

  • Boston Celtics: 48.5 (49-33 in 2019)

  • Indiana Pacers: 48.5 (48-34 in 2019)

  • Golden State Warriors: 47.5 (57-25 in 2019)

  • Brooklyn Nets: 45.5 (42-40 in 2019)

  • Toronto Raptors: 45.5 (58-24 in 2019)

  • Portland Trail Blazers: 44.5 (53-29 in 2019)

  • San Antonio Spurs: 43.5 (48-34 in 2019)

  • Miami Heat: 42.5 (39-43 in 2019)

  • Dallas Mavericks: 41.5 (33-49 in 2019)

  • Orlando Magic: 41.5 (42-40 in 2019)

  • New Orleans Pelicans: 36.5 (33-49 in 2019)

  • Minnesota Timberwolves: 35.5 (36-46 in 2019)

  • Detroit Pistons: 35.5 (41-41 in 2019)

  • Sacramento Kings: 35.5 (39-43 in 2019)

  • Atlanta Hawks: 32.5 (29-53 in 2019)

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: 32.5 (49-33 in 2019)

  • Chicago Bulls: 30.5 (22-60 in 2019)

  • Washington Wizards: 28.5 (32-50 in 2019)

  • New York Knicks: 27.5 (17-65 in 2019)

  • Memphis Grizzlies: 27.5 (33-49 in 2019)

  • Phoenix Suns: 26.5 (19-63 in 2019)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 24.5 (19-63 in 2019)

  • Charlotte Hornets: 24.5 (39-43 in 2019)