The NBA season is creeping up faster by the hour. With training camp set to open on Tuesday, it’s finally time to start dissecting these team’s season win totals and see where the value lies in our NBA Future Odds.
The days of tanking are over. Even with a 72 game season in 2020-21, there is no reason to believe that with the roster improvements the Hawks have made this season that they won’t be over .500.
Even if they didn’t make any improvements, this team is more dangerous than people are giving them credit for. However, with a healthy Clint Capela down low, combined with adding Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo and Bogdan Bogdanovic, this team is deeper and much more talented than they were a season ago. With those veterans combined with a healthy stable of young lottery talent, the Hawks may be one of the deeper teams in the East. De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish will all have way less pressure on them this season, which will only help their confidence coming off the bench and it may even lead to better seasons for the three Hawks youngsters.
This team is easily one of my favorite season win total plays. They are simply too deep and talented to fall below .500 in the Eastern Conference.
NBA Pick: Atlanta Hawks OVER 34.5 Wins (-115) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Unlike the Hawks, who have spent a ton of money trying to get better and into the Eastern Conference playoff picture this offseason, the Bulls and their new management seem pretty content with picking in the lottery again. And why not? This next draft class is stacked with talent and the Bulls have no chance of being good this season. With no fans to play in front of, it’s a perfect time to tank and try for one of the top picks in the draft again.
The Bulls could easily trade Zach LaVine this season and if there is any market for him, Otto Porter might get shipped out of town for pennies on the dollar too. That would leave a very young roster that is not improved much, if at all from last year’s team. A better coach will help things, but, Billy Donovan has to know that this is a rebuilding year in Chicago. They will eventually be more incentivized to lose.
I took the over with Memphis’ season win total last year and made some easy money. Once again this young and deep team is being undervalued by the top sportsbooks.
They do have the issue of Jaren Jackson Jr. being hurt still and not quite ready to play. However, with Brandon Clarke still playing well heading into his sophomore year and hopefully a healthy Justise Winslow in the fold, I think Memphis will be just fine.
They have one of the deeper backcourts in the West even though they are really young. With Ja Morant continuing to improve, don’t expect anything else but for Memphis to stay in the playoff hunt, even if they don’t make it. I see them getting into the mid 30s in wins and competing for one of the play-in spots out West.
Another team that talks a big game about competing, but is more than likely going to tank again this season is the Wizards. John Wall is allegedly healthy and they re-signed veteran sharpshooter Davis Bertans. But other than those two and Bradley Beal, this is a very young roster that has a lot to prove.
I’m selling shares of the Wizards for that reason. They should be better than last season and their bubble showings were impressive at times, but this is a different situation entirely.
They no longer have nothing to lose. Instead, they are running out one of the most expensive backcourts in the NBA with no guarantees that it will work.
Wall likely won’t play big minutes or back-to-backs all season. With only Bertans and Beal to throw up most of the shots, it will make the Wizards easier to guard and it will probably lead to them eventually tanking and trying for another lottery pick. Plus, their defense is likely still going to be one of the worst in the NBA.