NBA Eastern Conference Win Total Projections
Yet another NBA season is upon us, and Vegas Insider has released their win projections for every single NBA team. And, the eastern conference is looking pretty interesting in their projections.
15th Seed: Indiana Pacers (Over/Under 23.5 Wins)
Sitting at what is their 15th seed in their projections are the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers are in a rebuilding phase right now, and it looks like they have a long way to go. Myles Turner and Buddy Hield have been brought up in trade discussions for the Pacers, but nothing has happened yet. But, someone they will more than likely be holding on to is Tyrese Haliburton.
Indiana is in a rough spot right now, but they can only go up from here. But, they should have enough good pieces to get over that 23 win mark.
14th Seed: Orlando Magic (Over/Under 26.5 Wins)
Most of the teams this low in the rankings will definitely be rebuilding. And, the Orlando Magic is a team that is for sure rebuilding.
But, the Orlando Magic may have something to look forward to in Paolo Banchero. Franz Wagner is still developing, along with Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony.
Orlando is a pretty young team, so we should wait a few years to see their full potential. But, under 27 wins might be the safest bet here.
13th Seed: Detroit Pistons (Over/Under 29.5 Wins)
The Detroit Pistons is a team that seems to have a bright future.
Kemba Walker should get a chance to become an All-Star again, and then they have the young core of Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Saddiq Bey, and Killian Hayes. This team is very young, and they should be motivated to improve this season.
Detroit won’t be great this season, but the Pistons are another team that we’ll have to wait a few years for them to reach their full potential. But, Detroit may miss that 30 win mark by just a little bit.
12th Seed: Washington Wizards (Over/Under 35.5 Wins)
The Wizards are a team that will not be impressive this season.
They have some nice pieces with Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, Rui Hachimura, and Kristaps Porzingis. But, we have not seen Kristaps Porzingis play all that much in a while due to injuries. They have some nice pieces, but they will probably have trouble staying healthy.
The Wizards feel like a team that could be a surprise, but you shouldn’t expect them to be all that great with under 36 wins.
11th Seed: Charlotte Hornets (Over/Under 36.5 Wins)
Vegas Insider only has Charlotte with one more game won than the Wizards, but it seems like that the Hornets could make a huge step forward this season.
LaMelo Ball will be looking to take another step forward in his career, and Gordon Hayward, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Terry Rozier will be nice supporting pieces for Charlotte.
Overall, it looks like Charlotte has a bright future. You should expect them to have a solid season with more than 36 wins.
10th Seed: New York Knicks (Over/Under 38.5 Wins)
For the Knicks, they were a pretty disappointing team last year after surprising everyone by making the playoffs a year before.
On paper, they look like a solid team. They added Jalen Brunson this off-season, and they also have RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson.
Depending on how much the Knicks want to succeed, that will determine their season. If they play hard, they could have an alright season. But based on last season, 39 wins to get the over almost feels like a stretch for this Knicks team.
9th Seed: Chicago Bulls (Over/Under 41.5 Wins)
The Chicago Bulls will probably take a bit of a dip this season.
They were the number one team in the eastern conference last season until a flurry of injuries derailed them. It will be difficult for DeMar DeRozan to keep up his elite level of play from last season, but he can definitely play well.
Chicago definitely has the talent to get more than 41 wins this season, but we’ll see if they can play like how they did at the start of last season.
8th Seed: Toronto Raptors (Over/Under 45.5 Wins)
The Toronto Raptors might be able to improve this season.
They have the Rookie of the Year in Scottie Barnes, aling with Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., and OG Anunoby. They have a really good core, adn Scottie Barnes will be looking to take the next step in his career.
The Raptors could be a solid team this season, and that’s why they should be able to get a little over 45 wins this season.
7th Seed: Atlanta Hawks (Over/Under 45.5 Wins)
On paper, the Atlanta Hawks look like a fantastic team. But, their defense could be an issue.
They added Dejounte Murry this off-season, and he should pair well with Trae Young. But, their defense has not improved a whole lot. Last year, their defense was awful. And, it looks like that it could be awful again this year.
It could be very difficult for Atlanta to keep up with very good defensive teams, and that’s why the Hawks ending up with 45 wins would not be a surprise.
6th Seed: Cleveland Cavaliers (Over/Under 47.5 Wins)
The Cleveland Cavaliers have one of the best futures in the entire NBA.
After acquiring Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz this off-season, they almost feel like a lock for the NBA playoffs. They also have Darius Garland, who is looking to take the next step in his career, and then Evan Mobley who is a young superstar.
Cleveland has the potential to get over the 47 win mark, and they definitely should get over 47 wins. If they do get the under, then they would most likely only end up with 46 or 47 wins.
5th Seed: Miami Heat (Over/Under 48.5 Wins)
All around, the Miami Heat are a solid team. But, the number one seed will most likely take a bit of a dip.
Jimmy Butler is still a great player, Bam Adebayo is also a great center, but players like Kyle Lowry and Victor Oladipo are not the same players that they once were.
Miami will still be good, but a little under that 49 win mark would make sense.
4th Seed: Brooklyn Nets (Over/Under 50.5 Wins)
The Brooklyn Nets are one of the most confusing teams in the league.
On paper, the Nets look pretty good. They have Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons as their big three. But, the team chemistry in Brooklyn seems non-existent. Along with that, their big three hasn’t even played in a regular season game together yet.
The Brooklyn Nets have been nothing but disappointing the past few years, so betting the under makes sense here.
3rd Seed: Philadelphia 76ers (Over/Under 50.5 Wins)
The 76ers could easily be one of the best teams in the league.
Joel Embiid will be looking to build on a fantastic year, and James Harden is still a great player. Along with that, Tyrese Maxey will be looking to take the next step in his career.
Everything points to Philadelphia getting over 50 wins, and you should expect them to get over that 50 win mark.
2nd Seed: Milwaukee Bucks (Over/Under 52.5 Wins)
When healthy, the Milwaukee Bucks are one of the best teams in the league.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is arguably the best player in the league, and Milwaukee has a supporting cast featuring Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. Overall, this team is just really good.
When healthy, the Bucks are undoubtedly a championship contender. You should expect them to get over that 52 win mark.
1st Seed: Boston Celtics (Over/Under 53.5 Wins)
Vegas Insider has the reigning eastern conference champions as the most likely to win the eastern conference.
The Celtics got Malcolm Brogdon in the off-season, and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be building on the playoff experience they got last year. The Celtics will definitely be a championship contender this season.
The Celtics will definitely grow as a team this season, and you can probably expect them to get a little over that 53 win mark.