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Poll: Chicago Bulls’ 2017/18 Win Total

The Bulls didn’t have a great 2016/17 season, but the team did manage to grind its way to a 41-41 record, and then took a 2-0 lead in the first round over the Celtics before Rajon Rondo suffered a season-ending injury and the tide turned.

That opening-round loss was the first in a series of events that turned the Bulls from an inconsistent .500 team to a club expected to lose more games than any other NBA team in 2017/18. Rondo is gone. Dwyane Wade is gone. And most notably, Jimmy Butler is gone.

The Bulls’ package for Butler – widely panned at the time of the trade – may work out for the team in the long run, but Lauri Markkanen is a rookie, Kris Dunn is a second-year point guard coming off a poor rookie season, and Zach LaVine will be sidelined to start the season as he continues to recover from an ACL injury. The trio is unlikely to have a significant impact in 2017/18.

There are a few other interesting pieces on the Chicago roster, including newly re-signed power forwards Nikola Mirotic and Cristiano Felicio. But a starting lineup that currently features Jerian Grant, Justin Holiday, Paul Zipser, Mirotic, and Robin Lopez won’t inspire much fear in the hearts of opponents.

Oddsmakers’ expectations for the Bulls are low, with offshore betting site Bovada putting the team’s over/under at just 22 wins. We’ll bump that up by a half-game for the purposes of our poll in order to avoid a whole number.

What do you think? Are the Bulls headed for their first 60-loss season since the post-Michael Jordan years in the early 2000s, or can the club get to 23 wins even after overhauling its roster this offseason? Vote below and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)
  14. Phoenix Suns: Over 28.5 (50.41%)
  15. Sacramento Kings: Over 27.5 (56.18%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
  10. Orlando Magic: Under 33.5 (75.24%)
  11. Indiana Pacers: Under 31.5 (54.85%)
  12. New York Knicks: Under 30.5 (57.87%)
  13. Brooklyn Nets: Over 27.5 (66.33%)
  14. Atlanta Hawks: Over 25.5 (51.44%)

Poll: Is Embiid Or Wiggins The Better Investment?

Two 2014 first-round picks signed five-year, maximum salary contract extensions within the last few days, beating the October 16 deadline for rookie scale extensions. While both players are, of course, significantly valued by their respective teams, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins have had very different NBA careers so far.

Embiid’s injury problems have been well chronicled, to the point that they’re hardly worth revisiting, but the upshot is that those health issues have limited him to just 31 games in three NBA seasons. Even when he did see the court, the Sixers center was on a minutes restriction, averaging about 25 minutes per contest.

However, in his 786 career minutes, Embiid has looked like a generational talent, combining an ability to rebound and protect the rim (7.8 RPG, 2.5 BPG) with a knack for scoring both in the post and from beyond the arc (.367 3PT%).

Wiggins, on the other hand, has been incredibly durable during his first three NBA seasons, missing just one of 246 possible games. He has also steadily increased his scoring numbers each season, pouring in a career-high 23.6 PPG in 2016/17.

Those scoring totals are more reliant on volume than efficiency though, and Wiggins’ ability to put the ball in the basket hasn’t been complemented by many other on-court contributions — his defense has been shaky, he doesn’t get many rebounds or assists, and his three-point shot, despite improving last season, remains somewhat unreliable.

Both the Sixers and Timberwolves locked up their respective youngsters because of their potential. In Embiid’s case, it’s his potential to stay healthy. For Wiggins, it’s his potential to develop into a more well-rounded, complete player.

Philadelphia’s agreement with Embiid includes some language that protects the Sixers in the event that the former third overall pick continues to battle injuries in problematic areas, like his feet and back. But in that scenario, the Sixers would have to waive Embiid outright, and they’d still be on the hook for significant guaranteed money — approximately $84MM if they waive him one year into the deal, $98MM if they waive him after two years, and so on.

Wiggins’ contract, meanwhile, doesn’t include that sort of protection. It’s a straight five-year deal with no options.

Given those parameters, which contract would you feel more comfortable with for the next half-decade? Do you have more confidence in Wiggins to develop his game and make good on the Timberwolves’ investment in him, or would you rather be in the Sixers’ spot with Embiid, rolling the dice on his ability to stay healthy and to become one of the league’s premier bigs?

Vote below in our poll and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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Poll: Atlanta Hawks’ 2017/18 Win Total

In his first summer as the Hawks’ new general manager, Travis Schlenk looked at the team’s current roster and decided he didn’t love the status quo. Rather than bringing back last year’s squad, Schlenk, opted to accelerate the rebuilding process for the franchise, jettisoning a number of key veteran contributors.

That meant not re-signing Paul Millsap. It meant not matching the Knicks’ offer sheet for Tim Hardaway Jr. It meant sending Dwight Howard to Charlotte in a trade with the Hornets. And it meant that role players like Mike Dunleavy, Thabo Sefolosha, and Kris Humphries are gone too.

The Hawks didn’t let all their free agents go — guys like Mike Muscala and Ersan Ilyasova received new deals, and Dewayne Dedmon and Luke Babbitt are among Atlanta’s outside additions. But the impact of the departed players figure to significantly outweigh that of the incoming players, resulting in a slide down the Eastern Conference standings.

After winning 43 games and earning the No. 5 seed in the East last season, the Hawks are projected to land near the bottom of the conference in 2017/18. Offshore betting site Bovada has Atlanta’s over/under for the coming season at just 25.5 wins.

What do you think? Can Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, and the rest of the Hawks claw their way to 26 victories, or did the offseason exodus leave a roster lacking the talent to win more than 25 games? Vote below in our poll and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)
  14. Phoenix Suns: Over 28.5 (50.41%)
  15. Sacramento Kings: Over 27.5 (56.18%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
  10. Orlando Magic: Under 33.5 (75.24%)
  11. Indiana Pacers: Under 31.5 (54.85%)
  12. New York Knicks: Under 30.5 (57.87%)
  13. Brooklyn Nets: Over 27.5 (66.33%)

Poll: Sacramento Kings’ 2017/18 Win Total

As Dana Gauruder of Hoops Rumors detailed on Monday night, the Kings’ 2017 offseason was a somewhat unusual one. Sacramento continued loading up on young talent, adding four players in the top 34 picks of the draft, but the team also went out and signed a few veteran free agents, bringing in George Hill, Zach Randolph, and Vince Carter.

Those players have plenty of postseason experience, but the Kings aren’t necessarily expecting to be a playoff team in 2017/18. Having lost DeMarcus Cousins and several other vets within the last calendar year, the organization is simply looking for veteran mentors for all its first- and second-year players.

That means Hill will get a chance to work with players like De’Aaron Fox, Frank Mason, and Malachi Richardson in the backcourt; Carter will take swingmen like Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson, and Bogdan Bogdanovic under his wing; and Randolph will get an opportunity to mentor bigs like Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and Harry Giles.

With so many youngsters expected to receive major minutes, it’s no surprise that oddsmakers don’t expect the Kings to be a postseason contender in the Western Conference. Sacramento has won between 28 and 33 games in each of the last five seasons after having won between 17 and 25 in the four years before that. Their over/under for 2017/18 falls right in between those two ranges, with offshore betting site Bovada pegging them at 27.5 wins.

What do you think? Will the new-look Kings exceed expectations, or is there simply too much turnover and unproven talent here to avoid piling up losses? Vote below in our poll and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts on Sacramento!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)
  14. Phoenix Suns: Over 28.5 (50.41%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
  10. Orlando Magic: Under 33.5 (75.24%)
  11. Indiana Pacers: Under 31.5 (54.85%)
  12. New York Knicks: Under 30.5 (57.87%)
  13. Brooklyn Nets: Over 27.5 (66.33%)

Poll: Brooklyn Nets’ 2017/18 Win Total

It has been a tough couple years for the Nets, who have lost a total of 123 games since the start of the 2015/16 campaign. Brooklyn’s 41 wins during that time wouldn’t even have been enough to surpass the .500 mark if they’d come in a single season.

Still, there are some reasons for optimism in Brooklyn, as fans start to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel. The Nets used their cap flexibility to acquire some assets this offseason, most notably acquiring D’Angelo Russell from the Lakers. The franchise has lost its own lottery picks to Boston in recent years, but the Nets essentially got one back in Russell – 2015’s second overall pick – for their willingness to take on Timofey Mozgov‘s unwieldy contract.

While longtime Nets mainstay Brook Lopez departed in that trade with the Lakers, the team has added some other interesting pieces, with Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, and rookie Jarrett Allen among the new players entering the mix. The roster still isn’t exactly brimming with transcendent talent, but GM Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson have worked hard to build a positive culture in Brooklyn as the team takes small steps forward.

Oddsmakers are forecasting a step forward in the standings this season, with offshore betting site Bovada putting the Nets’ over/under for 2017/18 at 27.5 wins. Brooklyn would have to improve by eight games over last season to beat that projection, which will be a tall task without Lopez, the club’s leading scorer. But the Nets’ competition in the Eastern Conference makes the number a realistic target.

What do you think? Will the Nets finish among the NBA’s bottom-feeders again, or will this be the season that the team starts its climb up the standings, winning 28 or more games? Vote below in our poll and weigh in with your thoughts in the comment section!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)
  14. Phoenix Suns: Over 28.5 (50.41%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
  10. Orlando Magic: Under 33.5 (75.24%)
  11. Indiana Pacers: Under 31.5 (54.85%)
  12. New York Knicks: Under 30.5 (57.87%)

Poll: Phoenix Suns’ 2017/18 Win Total

After winning 23 games two years ago and 24 last season, the Suns contemplated the idea of accelerating their rebuild this summer, but ultimately held off on going all-in for a free agent like Paul Millsap or a trade target like Kyrie Irving.

As a result, Phoenix is prepared to continue taking small steps forward and developing in-house talent this season. Players like Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Marquese Chriss, Tyler Ulis, Dragan Bender are another year older and should continue to improve. Rookies Josh Jackson and Davon Reed also figure to get a chance to show what they can do.

The Suns have been hit hard by early injuries, with Reed, Brandon Knight, and Alan Williams all set to miss significant time – the whole season in Knight’s case – but with veterans like Eric Bledsoe, Tyson Chandler, Jared Dudley, Alex Len, and Troy Daniels around to fill out the rotation, this should be an interesting team to watch.

Still, another year in the lottery is all but assured for Phoenix. Oddsmakers, including offshore betting site Bovada have placed the Suns’ over/under for this season at 29 wins, but we’ll bump that figure down to 28.5, since early betting action has been heavy on the under.

What do you think? Can this young Suns squad improve by five or more wins in a tough Western Conference in 2017/18, or is the club headed for its third straight season of 28 or fewer wins? Vote below in our poll and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
  10. Orlando Magic: Under 33.5 (75.24%)
  11. Indiana Pacers: Under 31.5 (54.85%)
  12. New York Knicks: Under 30.5 (57.87%)

Poll: New York Knicks’ 2017/18 Win Total

Knicks’ offseasons are always eventful, but it seemed as if the franchise dominated headlines more than ever in the summer of 2017. Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, and Phil Jackson were at the center of Knicks-related drama for months, and when the dust settled, Porzingis was the only one of that group left in New York.

With a new management group in place and the team’s longtime star – Anthony – now in Oklahoma City, the 2017/18 season represents a new beginning of sorts for the Knicks, and with it comes a new set of expectations. The team is no longer viewed as a playoff contender, with the focus now on developing young pieces and building for the future.

There are still veteran players on the roster, including Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Michael Beasley. But it’s Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, and Doug McDermott that figure to take center stage going forward.

With that in mind, oddsmakers are forecasting another lottery finish for the Knicks. After winning 32 and 31 games over the last two seasons, the Knicks have an over/under of 30.5 wins for the coming year, according to offshore betting site Bovada.

What do you think? Will the Knicks slip even further down the Eastern Conference standings in 2017/18, or can this year’s club match – or exceed – last year’s win total? Vote below and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
  10. Orlando Magic: Under 33.5 (75.24%)
  11. Indiana Pacers: Under 31.5 (54.85%)

Poll: Indiana Pacers’ 2017/18 Win Total

After they traded Paul George and let Jeff Teague walk in free agency, the Pacers were overlooked for most of the rest of the NBA offseason, written off as one of the many rebuilding or tanking teams in the Eastern Conference. However, the return in the George trade – along with the rest of the Pacers’ summer moves – signal that Indiana isn’t necessarily looking to bottom out for a high lottery pick this season.

Rather than focusing on rookies or future draft picks, Indiana acquired two probable rotation players – Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis – in the trade with Oklahoma City. Then, the team went out and signed or traded for Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, and Cory Joseph in July.

Those aren’t the sort of impact moves that are going to swing the Eastern Conference this season, but adding that group of players to a core that includes Myles Turner, Thaddeus Young, Lance Stephenson, and Al Jefferson should help make the Pacers competitive in the short term.

Still, oddsmakers view the Pacers as a lottery team. Offshore betting site Bovada puts their over/under at just 31.5 wins, which would make them the 11th-best team in the East, based on Bovada’s projections. That seems about right to me — if everything breaks right for the Pacers, they could enter the playoff picture, but a spot in the middle of the lottery seems like a better bet.

What do you think? Are there still enough solid pieces in Indiana for the team to win 32 or more games, or will the losses of George and Teague send the Pacers – winners of 42 games last season – further down the Eastern standings? Vote below and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
  10. Orlando Magic: Under 33.5 (75.24%)

Poll: Orlando Magic’s 2017/18 Win Total

After making a flurry of major moves during the 2016 offseason, including trading for Serge Ibaka and signing Evan Fournier and Bismack Biyombo to lucrative long-term deals, the Magic were one of the NBA’s most disappointing teams. Orlando flipped Ibaka before the deadline for a lesser return, and ultimately finished with a 29-53 record, leading to GM Rob Hennigan‘s ouster.

A new management group, led by former Raptors executive Jeff Weltman, is in place, and Weltman and company took a more patient, cautious approach to the 2017 offseason. Orlando was active on the offseason market, but the team’s investments were modest — Jonathon Simmons and Shelvin Mack got $6MM per year, while Arron Afflalo and Marreese Speights signed for the minimum.

The Magic didn’t lose many major pieces, with Jeff Green, C.J. Watson, and Jodie Meeks moving on over the summer, but none of their upgrades are expect to have a major impact on the 2017/18 standings. Simmons, Mack, and rookie Jonathan Isaac are nice pieces, but they likely won’t make the Magic a playoff team this season.

As such, it’s no surprise that oddsmakers are lukewarm on the Magic’s outlook for 2017/18. Offshore betting site Bovada projects Orlando to improve, but only by a few games — the over/under for the Magic is set at 33.5 wins.

What do you think? Will the Magic, without the pressure of making the postseason, bounce back from a disastrous 2016/17 campaign and surprise some people this season? Or is the team poised to win 33 games or less, heading for another top-10 pick in the 2018 draft? Vote below in our poll and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)
  13. Los Angeles Lakers: Over 33.5 (50.4%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)

Poll: Los Angeles Lakers’ 2017/18 Win Total

Having finished the 2016/17 season with a 26-56 record, the Lakers have now lost at least 55 games for four straight seasons. Still, there’s an unusual level of optimism surrounding the club as the 2017/18 season nears.

After hiring Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka to run their front office early in 2017, the Lakers lucked out in the lottery, keeping their first-round pick and landing a potential star in point guard Lonzo Ball. The club also managed to find a taker for Timofey Mozgov‘s unwieldy contract, attaching D’Angelo Russell to Mozgov and sending the duo to the Nets for Brook Lopez and a first-round pick, which L.A. used on Summer League standout Kyle Kuzma.

Free agency wasn’t quite as eventful for a Lakers team biding its time and hoping to make a splash in 2018, but the club did convince Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to accept a one-year deal, adding an intriguing two-way wing to the roster.

Veteran additions like Caldwell-Pope and Lopez should help the Lakers improve upon last year’s record, but many of the team’s most promising pieces are still awfully young. Brandon Ingram just turned 20 and Ball will do so later this month. Julius Randle and Kuzma are just 22. Even KCP is only 24 and has yet to fully deliver on his potential.

While there’s a lot of talent on the roster, the Lakers may be a year or two from really making noise in the Western Conference. Oddsmakers certainly seem hesitant to go all-in on the squad this year, with offshore betting site Bovada placing L.A.’s over/under at 33.5 wins.

What do you think? Are the Lakers ready to win 34+ games, potentially making a run at a .500 record for the first time since 2012/13? Or does this club still need another year of development before delivering that kind of performance? Vote below in our poll and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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Previous over/under voting results:

Western Conference:

  1. Golden State Warriors: Over 67.5 (53.57%)
  2. Houston Rockets: Over 55.5 (65.57%)
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Over 54.5 (67.74%)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Over 50.5 (71.77%)
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Over 48.5 (55.69%)
  6. Denver Nuggets: Under 45.5 (50.44%)
  7. Los Angeles Clippers: Over 43.5 (60.7%)
  8. Portland Trail Blazers: Over 42.5 (56.3%)
  9. Utah Jazz: Over 41.5 (55.94%)
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Over 39.5 (65.26%)
  11. Memphis Grizzlies: Over 37.5 (53.43%)
  12. Dallas Mavericks: Under 35.5 (54.95%)

Eastern Conference:

  1. Boston Celtics: Over 55.5 (63.5%)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Over 53.5 (68.82%)
  3. Toronto Raptors: Over 48.5 (64.21%)
  4. Washington Wizards: Over 47.5 (71.29%)
  5. Milwaukee Bucks: Over 47.5 (63.88%)
  6. Miami Heat: Over 43.5 (55.39%)
  7. Charlotte Hornets: Over 42.5 (51.07%)
  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Under 41.5 (53.37%)
  9. Detroit Pistons: Over 38.5 (51.95%)
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