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The 2013-14 NBA season begins this week and we asked 20 of our pro basketball handicappers to provide their Best win total opinions on the upcoming season based on the odds that opened at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH) SuperBook. Each expert chose one Over and Under to watch.  

To no surprise, the two-time defending champions Miami Heat have a win total of 60 games, which is the highest in the league. The lowest win total posted is connected with the Philadelphia 76ers at 16 ½ games. It might seem hard to lose 66 games in the NBA but the 76ers roster is depleted and Doug Collins is no longer coach.

The other 28 teams in the league have numbers in between and a few clubs have caught the eye of our experts and two of them aren’t expected to make the playoffs either.

Even though Milwaukee has a win total of 28 ½ and plays inside a very tough division, a handful of our experts believe the Bucks will exceed expectations and go Over their win total with at least a 29-53 record this season.
VegasInsider.com handicapper Vince Akins explained why he liked the Milwaukee Over. He said, “In the Eastern Conference, beyond the top five teams in the conference it is going to be a case of who's tanking and who is not. One team which is definitely not tanking, even if is in their best interest, is Milwaukee. Despite the lack of presence of "star" talent, look for them to play team basketball, including solid defense, and compete again for a final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a roster deep with proven NBA players.”

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Most would agree with Akins that the Eastern Conference is top-heavy with Miami, Chicago, Indiana, Brooklyn and New York fighting for the top spots. At the same time, a lot of pundits believe the Western Conference has a lot of quality teams and some might surprise you.

One of those clubs is Portland, who finished 33-39 last season and they closed the season with 13 straight losses. This season, they have a win total of 38 ½ and three of our experts like the Over in this sport. “The Blazers are chock full of talent, from up front with LaMarcus Aldridge to the backcourt with Damian Lillard. Swingman Nic Batum can fill it up, and is ultra-versatile as well. Depth might be an issue, so if injuries rear their ugly head, the Blazers could easily go under. But this team has enough talent to be a .500 club or better, and push for a postseason spot. Rookie C.J. McCollum is another pure scorer who will be back at some point after a preseason injury, and his eventual return will make this team even more fun to watch,” said VI handicapper Joe Williams.

The Trail Blazers also have a favorable schedule, which is why Jimmy Boyd leaned Portland Over as well. He explained, “The win total for the Trailblazers has been set for too low for a team with many favorable advantages on the schedule. They have several games this season in which they will be coming off one or more days of rest, and playing a team that was in action the previous night. They also have four games against opponents that will be playing their fourth game in five days. “

Another team catching attention out West is Golden State. The Warriors have a great shot to go Over 49 ½ wins according to Kyle Hunter. He explained, “Mark Jackson is getting a ton out of this team, and with a lot of youth on the team we can only expect them to get better. The Warriors have knock down shooters all over the floor. Stephen Curry gets most of the attention, but watch out for a big year from Harrison Barnes this year. Andre Iguodala will instantly be the team’s best perimeter defender. This team has quietly become one of the top ten defenses in the NBA. Golden State’s division is much weaker this year, and the Warriors should surpass this win total.

Hunter also likes Denver Nuggets Under 46 wins, which is a popular choice. He added, “I don’t like what’s going on in Denver right now. George Karl helped this team overachieve last year to the point that they finished with the best record in franchise history. His reward was a pink slip from the front office. Brian Shaw walks into a tough situation here. Andre Iguodala was a very important part of this team last year, and they’ll miss him in a big way. Danilo Gallinari’s health is a major concern. The Nuggets are going the wrong direction.”

Listed below are 40 Win Total selections from our handicappers.  Be sure to check out their daily pro basketball winners all season long on VegasInsider.com!

VegasInsider.com NBA Win Total Predictions
Andy Iskoe Antony Dinero ASA Bill Marzano
Indiana Pacers
Over 55
Brooklyn Nets
Under 52
Cleveland Cavaliers
Over 40 ½
Utah Jazz
Under27 ½
Toronto Raptors
Under 36 ½
New Orleans Pelicans
Under 40
Miami Heat
Over 60
Los Angeles Clippers
Under 57 ½
Brian Edwards Bruce Marshall Dave Cokin James Patrick
Golden State Warriors
Over 49 ½
New Orleans Pelicans
Under 40
Sacramento Kings
Over 31 ½
Utah Jazz
Under27 ½
Milwaukee Bucks
Over 28 ½
Charlotte Bobcats
Under 27 ½
Cleveland Cavaliers
Over 40 ½
Toronto Raptors
Under 36 ½
Jimmy Boyd Joe Nelson Joe Williams Kevin Rogers
Portland Trail Blazers
Over 38 ½
New York Knicks
Under 49 ½
Milwaukee Bucks
Over 28 ½
Minnesota Timberwolves
Under 41
Portland Trail Blazers
Over 38 ½
Brooklyn Nets
Under 52 ½
Milwaukee Bucks
Over 28 ½
Detroit Pistons
Under 41
Kyle Hunter Marc Lawrence Mark Franco Mike Rose
Golden State Warriors
Over 49 ½
Denver Nuggets
Under 46
Portland Trail Blazers
Over 38 ½
Denver Nuggets
Under 46
Chicago Bulls
Over 56 ½
Orlando Magic
Under 24 ½
Toronto Raptors
Over 36 ½
Dallas Mavericks
Under 44
Scott Pritchard Stephen Nover Vince Akins The Gold Sheet
Memphis Grizzlies
Over 51
Denver Nuggets
Under 46
Toronto Raptors
Over 36 ½
Boston Celtics
Under 27 ½
Milwaukee Bucks
Over 28 ½
Dallas Mavericks
Under 44

Minnesota Timberwolves
Over 41
Boston Celtics
Under 27 ½

  
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