The 2019-2020 NBA season officially gets underway on Tuesday, October 22nd. It’s been another wild season of player movement, and it’s safe to say the Atlantic Division will get crazy once again.
SB Nation provided a full preview of the coming season, and that included each of the experts at SB Nation’s team sites offering projections for the 2019-2020 season. We’ll be breaking down each division with their win total projections compared to the preseason odds.
Philadelphia 76ers: 56-26 — Liberty Ballers
The Sixers’ over/under win total is set at 53.5, and I think that’s a little low. A long absence from Joel Embiid could bring the Sixers in at a total in the low fifties, but with a defense that projects to be possibly the league’s best and a starting five of chock full of All-Star candidates, I think a mid-to-high fifties win total is attainable.
Boston Celtics: 50-32 — Celtics Blog
Vegas puts the Celtics at 48.5 wins this season and I think they’ll exceed that number, if only by just a little bit. They are relying heavily upon young players (Tatum and Brown in particular) stepping into larger roles, Gordon Hayward regaining his old form, and a grab bag of centers filling the void created by Al Hoford’s departure. On the other hand, Kemba Walker’s leadership and style has the potential to make all the pieces that didn’t fit together last year finally fall into place.
Toronto Raptors: 49-33 — Raptors HQ
Vegas has set the Raptors’ line at 46.5 which feels about right. They will certainly not challenge for 60 wins this season, as they have the past couple of years, but a push for 50 is possible. The step down from Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green is no small thing, but the core of Toronto is still solid, as is their defensive identity. Meanwhile, Toronto’s newcomers will be put in the best positions to succeed, Siakam really is about to become that dude, and overall the squad will overachieve once again.
Brooklyn Nets: 47-35 — Nets Daily
Vegas has the Nets at 44.5 games this year, again with the big question mark around whether or not Durant will play. The Nets had 42 wins last season, overachieving for sure, on the back of D’Angelo Russell - who is replaced this season by Kyrie Irving. I can see the Nets winning 47 games this year, fully expecting we’ll see Durant at some point, but also taking into account that they generally speaking have a better team this year than they did last season.
New York Knicks: 20-62 — Posting and Toasting
Vegas has the Knicks pegged at 27.5 wins. Can they top that number? Sure. Should they be focused on winning as many games as possible? Probably not. The real key here is David Fizdale. If he sells out in pursuit of wins over development, they might approach 30 wins. But how would that help the franchise moving forward? The safe bet here is that the Knicks play the kids, trade some vets for picks at the deadline, and lose a whole bunch of games. Never bet the over on the Knicks, friends.
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