Westgate Says Warriors are Most-Favored Team in NBA History
On Tuesday, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released projected over/under win totals for all 30 NBA teams for the upcoming 2017-18 season. To the surprise of no one, the defending champion Golden State Warriors lead the way with an insane over/under of 67.5 wins. Golden State won 67 games last season en route to their second NBA title in three years.
Westgate also took the unusual measure of putting historically long odds on the Warriors missing the Western Conference playoffs altogether. If you don’t think the most loaded team in NBA history will be one of the top eight teams in the West this season, you can bet on that at highly favorable 1-to-1,000 odds.
So, if you throw down $100 on the Warriors missing the playoffs next season, you will get to take home $10,100 if they somehow fail to qualify for the tournament. Conversely, You would have to put $100,000 down on the Warriors making the playoffs just to win $100 back.
There is just about a 0% chance that this team winds up missing the playoffs next season, of course. Unless Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each rupture their Achilles during the preseason, it’s unfathomable to think the Warriors will not finish among the top eight teams in their own conference next season.
If you’re feeling bold, though, why not throw down a little cash on them missing out? Anything can happen, and the profit potential is obviously massive.
Additionally, the Warriors will also enter the season as the most-likely team to ever win an NBA title. They’re listed at -220 to win the championship for the second straight year, which is something you just don’t see in American professional sports. Golden State is also listed at 1-to-500 to win the Pacific Division over the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Suns.
Celtics and Cavaliers
The Warriors’ projection was 11 wins more than the next-highest team, the Boston Celtics (56.5). The three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers check in at 53.5, which is the third-highest total. Oddsmakers at Westgate made the projections under the assumption that last week’s Cavs-Celtics trade involving Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving will eventually be completed.
Despite the Celtics being projected for more wins, Westgate still has the Cavaliers listed as the team most likely to win the Eastern Conference. The Cavs are -150 to win the East, while the Celts are 2-to-1.
Rockets and Rest of the West
The Houston Rockets, who surpassed all expectations last season by winning 55 games, come in with the second-highest projected total among Western Conference teams at 55.5. The Spurs (54.5) and Thunder (51.5) are the only other teams at or above 50 in the West.
The reloaded Philadelphia 76ers saw the biggest jump in projected wins from last year to this year. Philly opened at just 24.5 wins last season, but the additions of Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons and others have them all the way up at 43.5 heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
The Chicago Bulls saw the biggest drop of any team. They opened at Westgate with a projected win total of 21.5, which is the lowest in the league, and 19 less than their number heading into last season.
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