2009-2010 NBA Team Over/Unders Betting
By Ryno of Predictem.com
At the start of every season, the sportsbooks put out an “over/under” on how many wins each NBA team will have during the regular season.
In this article, you will find the given betting line for each team along with my personal predictions on whether the team will go over or under the sportsbooks posted lines. Enjoy!
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Atlanta Hawks (44.5): The Hawks won 47 games last season and are only getting better. They kept all of their key players and added Jamal Crawford and Jeff Teague. Atlanta improved its record in each of the last four seasons. The Hawks could easily win 50 games this season. Take the Over.
Boston Celtics (56.5): The Celtics won 62 games last season and are even better this year after signing Rasheed Wallace. They could be the best team in the NBA this season and 60 wins should be an easy task. Wallace said he thinks they could break the record of 72 wins set by the Bulls. He’s older and more mature now, so maybe he’s finally focused and out for blood. Take the Over.
Charlotte Bobcats (37.5): The Bobcats have a chance to sneak in the playoffs this season. But it all depends how effective Tyson Chandler is at center. The Bobcats will win somewhere between 30-40 wins, as they have the past three seasons. Take the Under.
Chicago Bulls (40.5): The Bulls won 41 games last season, led by rookie point guard Derrick Rose. Luol Deng is back from injury and Rose is only getting better. They lost Ben Gordon to free agency, but this team should certainly finish above .500. Take the Over.
Cleveland Cavaliers (61.5): The Cavs won 66 games last season and acquired Shaquille O’neal in the offseason. LeBron now has all the help he needs to win an NBA title. With free agency coming up next season, he will be playing hard this year. A line above 60 is tough to bet the Over on, but the Cavs are that good. Take the Over.
Dallas Mavericks (48.5): The Mavs still have no low post threat on their roster and they still need to improve their defense. They acquired Shawn Marion to upgrade their starting lineup, but with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd getting older and older, is this team a contender anymore? Take the Under.
Denver Nuggets (52.5): The Nuggets had a terrific season last year, reaching the Western Conference Finals after earning the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. But the Trail Blazers, Jazz and Grizzlies should all be improved in their division. Take the Under.
Detroit Pistons (41.5): The Pistons have drastically changed over the past few years. Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince are still there, but Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva have joined them as the stars of this team. This should be a playoff team, but how will these players mesh? Take the Under.
Golden State Warriors (35.5): The Warriors have their issues. Stephen Jackson is a nuisance and Monta Ellis wants to be the star. Stephen Curry joins Ellis in the backcourt, but he’s not going to solve this team’s attitude problem and lack of size. Take the Under.
Houston Rockets (35.5): With the way this team played in the playoffs against the Lakers, it seems that this is an easy bet for the Over. But with Yao Ming out for the entire season and Tracy McGrady injured as well, there isn’t enough talent on this roster to carry them for a full season. Take the Under.
Indiana Pacers (34.5): Danny Granger can only carry this team to so many wins. Nobody knows if Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough will be effective players this season. Other than Granger, there aren’t any high-level players on this roster. Take the Under.
Los Angeles Clippers (34.5): This is one of the best bets of all the NBA Over/Unders. The Clippers will be in the mix for a playoff spot this season. With Blake Griffin, the talent is there. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. With a solid backcourt and a very good frontcourt, the Clippers are on the rise. Take the Over.
Los Angeles Lakers (62.5): The Lakers won the NBA Championship and added Ron Artest to their starting lineup to replace Trevor Ariza. The Lakers could be even better this season, after winning 65 games last season. This is a high number, but it’s hard to bet against the Lakers. Take the Over.
Memphis Grizzlies (27.5): On paper, the Grizzlies will easily win over 30 games. But it comes down to whether or not O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay and Allen Iverson can share the ball with each other. The three of them combined with an imposing frontcourt duo of Hasheem Thabeet and Marc Gasol will make this a fun team to watch. Take the Over.
Miami Heat (40.5): Dwyane Wade is still a top five player, but Jermaine O’neal is old and Michael Beasley had some issues in the offseason. Wade doesn’t have the help he needs to get the Heat back to the playoffs. Take the Under.
Milwaukee Bucks (25.5): The Bucks finally gave up and decided to rebuild. Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut will be surrounded by a bunch of rookies and young players. Brandon Jennings will be one of the top rookies this year, but it won’t help the Bucks get many wins. Take the Under.
Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5): In all likelihood, this will be the worst team in the NBA. Al Jefferson doesn’t have much help at all. Not having Ricky Rubio is a huge blow for Minnesota. It will be another miserable season for the T-Wolves. Take the Under.
New Jersey Nets (28.5): The Nets are ready for the 2010 offseason. Devin Harris, Courtney Lee and Brook Lopez make up the future of this team, but they don’t have much of a chance at reaching the playoffs. Take the Under.
New Orleans Hornets (46.5): The Hornets were one of the top teams in the NBA two seasons ago before struggling a bit last year. With Emeka Okafor replacing Tyson Chandler as the team’s center, they will be a better defensive team. Take the Over.
New York Knicks (31.5): This is an easy one. The Knicks will be one of the worst teams in the NBA. David Lee, Nate Robinson, Chris Duhon and Wilson Chandler will not get them 30 wins. They will have to wait until 2010. Take the Under.
Oklahoma City Thunder (35.5): This Over/Under may be the most surprising of them all. The Thunder won 23 games last season and only added rookie James Harden to the core of this team. Getting around 35 wins is a strong possibility, but that would be a huge jump from 23 wins. Take the Under.
Orlando Magic (57.5): The Magic will once again be one of the best teams in the NBA. But losing Hedo Turkoglu will certainly hurt them. Vince Carter will fit in well, but he won’t have the same impact. The Magic won 59 games last year, but winning that many games again is unlikely. Take the Under.
Philadelphia 76ers (40.5): The Sixers won 41 games last season without Elton Brand for most of the year. But not having a point guard will really hurt them this year. But Lou Williams will give them enough scoring to get them over .500. Take the Over.
Phoenix Suns (41.5): The Suns will be lucky to make the playoffs this season. Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire will be able to carry them to a lot of wins, but they don’t have the same supporting cast that they used to have. Still, they should finish over .500. Take the Over.
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Portland Trail Blazers (52.5): The Trail Blazers have all the pieces to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Brandon Roy is ready to break out as one the best players in the league. With Andre Miller now at point guard, this is their year. Take the Over.
Sacramento Kings (24.5): The Kings won 17 games last season and they haven’t done enough in the offseason to get eight more wins this year. With rookie point guard Tyreke Evans running the show, there will be some growing pains for this team. Take the Under.
San Antonio Spurs (54.5): The Spurs won 54 games last season and they added Richard Jefferson to the starting lineup. If Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili can all stay healthy, the Spurs may be primed for one more title run. Take the Over.
Toronto Raptors (41.5): Signing Hedo Turkoglu was a huge addition for the Raptors. He gives Chris Bosh some help in the frontcourt. But they still have a below average backcourt. The Raptors will improve upon their 33 wins from last year, but getting over .500 is unlikely. Take the Under.
Utah Jazz (49.5): The Jazz have as much depth as any team in the league. They won 48 games last season and there’s no reason they won’t be better if everyone stays healthy. Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams will carry them to at least 50 wins. Take the Over.
Washington Wizards (41.5): Other than last season when Gilbert Arenas was injured, the Wizards won at least 41 games in each of the last four seasons before that. With Arenas healthy and the addition of Randy Foye, the Wizards should easily get more than 41 wins. Take the Over.