The Lakers’ win-total projection over/under is 51½, while the defending champ Raptors, without Kawhi, are at 45½. The Warriors open at 47½.
The Bucks, with 2018-19 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way, and the Clippers, led by newly arrived NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, are among the teams with the highest win-total projections for the 2019-20 NBA regular season, according to BetOnline.ag‘s over/under lines.
The Bucks, who had the league’s best regular-season record (60-22) in 2018-19, have a win-total over/under of 56½, and the Clippers, who’ve also added Paul George, among others, are at 55½, followed by the 76ers (53½), Jazz (52½), Lakers (51½) and Rockets (51½).
The defending champion Raptors, without Leonard, have a 45½ win-total over/under. The Warriors, a recent juggernaut who’ve been dismantled in the wake of their NBA Finals loss to Toronto, are at 47½.
Zion Williamson’s Pelicans have a win-total projection over/under of 37½.
Who’s expected to be in for a long season? The Hornets’ and Cavaliers’ over/under is at 24½.
Interestingly, one team is off the board on BetOnline’s opening win-total lines: the Thunder, who are in a state of flux regarding a potential Chris Paul trade.
The 2019-20 NBA regular season tips off Oct. 22.
2019-20 NBA win-total projections:
|Team||Win total o/u|
|Los Angeles Clippers||55½|
|Los Angeles Lakers||51½|
|Golden State Warriors||47½|
|Portland Trail Blazers||45½|
|San Antonio Spurs||43½|
|New Orleans Pelicans||37½|
|New York Knicks||27½|
As of 8 a.m. ET July 16.