2018 NBA Betting Win Total Preview: Central Division
The Central Division in the NBA is arguably one of the most under-looked divisions in the league. In this article we will look at each team’s over/under win total and whether the will get over that total or under. We’ll start with the team with the highest projected NBA Betting Win Total in the Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks 48.5
Last year the Milwaukee Bucks finished with 44 wins and this year that number has risen up to 48.5. Everyone knows that Giannis Antetokounmpo is a superstar and people seem to be waiting for the moment that he wills the Bucks to that next tier, I think that will be this year.
Giannis also has Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon who looks to be good sidekicks. One guy that isn’t getting a talked about a ton but will have a huge impact is Brook Lopez. People seem to forget how good of a player Lopez is, and he looked really good during the preseason for the Bucks. I expect the Bucks to end with 50 or 51 wins.
Indiana Pacers 47.5
The Indiana Pacers finished with 48 wins last year and I really think that was overachieving. The Pacers have Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner who are really nice pieces to have, but to get to that 48 wins last year a lot of role players had to play some of the best basketball their career.
Those role players will regress back to the stats they had in previous years and I think so will the Pacers win total. I expect them to finish with right around 42 or 43 wins.
Detroit Pistons 38.5
The Detroit Pistons made a coaching change this offseason bringing in Dwane Casey to try and right the ship. This is a team that won 39 games last year, and they didn’t have Blake Griffin for the entire season.
There were some questions about how Andre Drummond and Griffin would do next to each other but for the most part last season it worked out. Casey is a good coach that was fired because LeBron James was in the Eastern Conference. I like the Pistons to go over, and I don’t see it actually being that close.
Cleveland Cavaliers 31.5
One of the most interesting numbers on the board is the Cleveland Cavaliers and they are really hard to predict because no one really knows what life is going to be like without LeBron James.
I think Kevin Love is going to have a big year but the question is how will the talent around him step up. I really like Collin Sexton but he is just a rookie and there are going to be some growing pains. I will get a slight lean to the over, but this is a total that I am staying away from.
Chicago Bulls 29.5
The Chicago Bulls total is set low at 29.5 after finishing last season 27 wins and I think this is one of the best values on the board.
The Bulls were without Zach LaVine for much of the season and this offseason they brought in Jabari Parker. I don’t think Parker is the superstar the Bucks hope they drafted but he is going to be a solid player in his hometown.
This is a scrappy team and will be in most games they play. They should be able to steal some victories as long as they stay somewhat healthy and I like the Bulls to win 33 or 34 games in this campaign.