2021-22 NBA Team Wins: Opening Totals and Best Bets

  • BetOnline has released its opening NBA Team Win Totals for all 30 franchises across the league
  • The Brooklyn Nets (55.5) and defending-champion Milwaukee Bucks (54.5) are projected to win the most games in 2021-22
  • The NBA’s 82-game regular season begins on October 19, 2021

For the first time since the 2018-19 season, the NBA will play a full 82-game slate this year, beginning this October and ending in mid-April, with the NBA Finals betting back in its regular June timeslot.

After already looking at the NBA championship futures and the odds to win NBA MVP, today we’ll examine the opening Team Win Totals and make our picks on what clubs are under- and overvalued. Here’s also where you can find tips and advice for betting on basketball.

2021-22 NBA Team Wins

TeamWin TotalBetOnline
Atlanta HawksOver 46½ Wins-115
Under 46½ Wins-115
Boston CelticsOver 46½ Wins-115
Under 46½ Wins-115
Brooklyn NetsOver 55½ Wins-115
Under 55½ Wins-115
Charlotte HornetsOver 38½ Wins-115
Under 38½ Wins-115
Chicago BullsOver 42½ Wins-115
Under 42½ Wins-115
Cleveland CavaliersOver 26½ Wins-115
Under 26½ Wins-115
Dallas MavericksOver 47½ Wins-115
Under 47½ Wins-115
Denver NuggetsOver 47½ Wins-115
Under 47½ Wins-115
Detroit PistonsOver 25½ Wins-115
Under 25½ Wins-115
Golden State WarriorsOver 48½ Wins-115
Under 48½ Wins-115
Houston RocketsOver 26½ Wins-115
Under 26½ Wins-115
Indiana PacersOver 42½ Wins-115
Under 42½ Wins-115
Los Angeles ClippersOver 44½ Wins-115
Under 44½ Wins-115
Los Angeles LakersOver 52½ Wins-115
Under 52½ Wins-115
Memphis GrizzliesOver 41½ Wins-115
Under 41½ Wins-115
Miami HeatOver 48½ Wins-115
Under 48½ Wins-115
Milwaukee BucksOver 54½ Wins-115
Under 54½ Wins-115
Minnesota TimberwolvesOver 33½ Wins-115
Under 33½ Wins-115
New Orleans PelicansOver 39½ Wins-115
Under 39½ Wins-115
New York KnicksOver 42½ Wins-115
Under 42½ Wins-115
Oklahoma City ThunderOver 22½ Wins-115
Under 22½ Wins-115
Orlando MagicOver 23½ Wins-115
Under 23½ Wins-115
Philadelphia 76ersOver 51½ Wins-115
Under 51½ Wins-115
Phoenix SunsOver 51½ Wins-115
Under 51½ Wins-115
Portland TrailblazersOver 43½ Wins-115
Under 43½ Wins-115
Sacramento KingsOver 36½ Wins-115
Under 36½ Wins-115
San Antonio SpursOver 28½ Wins-115
Under 28½ Wins-115
Toronto RaptorsOver 36½ Wins-115
Under 36½ Wins-115
Utah JazzOver 51½ Wins-115
Under 51½ Wins-115
Washington WizardsOver 33½ Wins-115
Under 33½ Wins-115

The NBA’s best and worst teams

The Brooklyn Nets will need their Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving to stay healthier than they did last season to exceed their league-high win total (55.5). The NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks (54.5) had a lower regular season win percentage last year (.639) than they did in 2019-20 (.767) or 2018-19 (.732), so it will be interesting to see if Giannis and company lay off the accelerator this season after a grueling playoff run.

The Lakers have a 52.5 win total which LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook might be motivated to exceed after Los Angeles’ veteran acquisitions were mercilessly mocked on Twitter. Last year’s top regular-season team, the Utah Jazz (51.5), notched 52 victories in a 72-game season in 2020-21 and will play 10 more games this year.

Up next are the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers at 51.5 wins. Both clubs will easily surpass that total if they rack up Ws at last year’s pace, but Chris Paul is a year older and Ben Simmons is reportedly on the trade block.

On the other side of the spectrum are the Thunder (22.5), Magic (23.5), Pistons (25.5), Cavaliers (26.5) and Rockets (26.5) – teams whose 2021 first-round picks will be battling for the Rookie of the Year award this season.

Brooklyn NetsOver 55.5 Wins
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Milwaukee BucksUnder 52.5 Wins
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Win Total Best Bets

Denver Nuggets OVER 47.5 Wins (-115). After disrespecting reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic by listing him ninth in this year’s list of favorites for the award, oddsmakers are showing no love to the Nugs. While the club will be without Jamal Murray for the majority of the year, the big Serbian led Denver to a 16-8 record minus the Canadian point guard last season. That .667 win percentage works out to 54.7 victories over 82 games.

Portland Trailblazers UNDER 47.5 Wins (-115). Jason Kidd’s career coaching winning percentage is barely over .500, and without any notable free-agent additions, it’s hard to see Damian Lillard’s mood improving anytime soon. Things could get ugly in the Pacific Northwest after a slow start.

New Orleans Pelicans UNDER 39.5 Wins (-115). The Pels played at a 35-win pace in 2020-21. While they wisely dumped Stan Van Gundy, their roster doesn’t look much better after waving goodbye to Lonzo Ball and adding three-point specialist Devonte’ Graham and center Jonas Valanciunas. Expect Zion Williamson to leave the Big Easy at his first opportunity.

Denver NuggetsOver 47.5 Wins
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