The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA and I’m not sure it’s all that close. They won the championship in each of the last two seasons and this could be the third time they do so. They are one of the best teams to ever play together in this league and a win this year could cement their status as the best ever. This team won 58 games last year when it felt like they never really cared. This year’s win total is set at 63.5 wins.
Everyone is in love with the 2019 Boston Celtics. This team lost Gordon Hayward on the first game of the season and then lost Kyrie Irving before the playoffs, and still finished with the second best record in the Eastern Conference and made it to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Now with those two back healthy and the potential of Tatum and Brown being realized, this looks like the team to beat in the East and their win total is set at a huge 58.5 wins.
The 2019 Houston Rockets are the team that everyone thinks is going to take a step back. This team won 65 games last year, but this year’s win total is set at just 55.5 wins. That’s quite the downgrade for a team that everyone agrees is still a contender in the Western Conference. Last year was a year that everyone really went right for them, but they lost some key pieces and this line feels fair.
You can say this about Toronto Raptors’ general manager Masai Ujiri, he takes big swings. After finishing last season with the second best record in the NBA only to be swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, he blew it up. He traded franchise legend DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green with no guarantee that the superstar Leonard would be there beyond this season. This is an all-in year for the Raps who have a win total of 54.5 after finishing with 59 last year.
The 76ers are one of the more exciting teams in the league led by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. This team burst onto the scene last season and established themselves as a force in the Eastern Conference for years to come. They started sluggish last year, but went on a 17-game winning streak that included the playoffs where they sometimes looked like they might make the Finals. That didn’t happen, but this team really did something last year and many people think they will improve on that season. They finished last year with 52 wins and have a total set at 54.5 for the upcoming season.