With the NBA season tipping off in less than a month and the league schedule all set, it's time to talk regular season win totals. PointsBet Sportsbook opened their markets up today and they're ready to take your bets on the 72-game season.
"We were waiting for clarity on exactly how many games would be played," PointsBet senior sports analyst Andrew Mannino told NBC Sports. "Then with the NBA Draft, there's bound to be shakeups, so we kept it limited to the win percentage markets until all that stuff settled down. We're open for business now on the season win totals."
The Bucks have the highest total at 49, followed closely by the defending champion Lakers at 48. After those two teams, it's the Clippers (47), Celtics (45.5), Nets (45) and Nuggets (43.5). The Heat, Sixers and Jazz are all lined at 43 and the Mavericks close out the Top 10 at 41.5.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers (22) have the lowest total on the board, just ahead of the Knicks (22.5).
It will be fascinating to follow how the heavy hitters manage minutes for with such a quick turnaround. You would have to believe teams like the Lakers and Heat aren't in any rush to burn out their top guys early in the season. After all, the NBA Finals ended on October 11. It feels like it was just last week that LeBron James was hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
"It's definitely a quick turnaround," Mannino said. "Certainly not something we're used to seeing. You hope it doesn't lead to more injuries this season. We may see some of those real powerful teams rest guys longer or more often than they normally would."
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