With the 2017-18 NBA season approaching, all 29 teams are chasing the defending champion Golden State Warriors. In addition to re-signing all of their core in free agency, they actually improved their depth by signing Nick Young and Omri Casspi.
As the Houston Rockets have improved with the addition of Chris Paul in the Western Conference, the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers recently made a blockbuster trade in the Eastern Conference. According to Robby Kalland of UPROXX, Westgate Las Vegas has released win totals for the new season:
Golden State: 67.5
Los Angeles Clippers: 43.5
Los Angeles Lakers: 33.5
New Orleans: 39.5
New York: 30.5
Oklahoma City: 51.5
San Antonio: 54.5
With all teams chasing the Warriors, it is not a surprise the Celtics, Rockets, Cavaliers, and San Antonio Spurs are all considered championship contenders with at least 53.5 wins.
As for the lottery teams, the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks are expected to finish with the two worst records. With Jimmy Butler traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dwyane Wade’s uncertain future, the Bulls are close to embracing a full rebuild like the Atlanta Hawks.
While anything can happen heading into the new season, the Warriors — if relatively healthy — are expected to become the league’s next dynasty.