Tuesday morning, the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas released its over/under win totals for the 2016-17 NBA season, and ever since then, Basketball Twitter has been jam-packed with NBA predictions about which bets are guaranteed winners and which are too risky to touch.In the weeks leading up to the unveiling of the official betting lines, Hoops Habit had been slowly revealing win predictions of our own. Now that the lines are released, it’s time to pour over the official odds and examine how they compare to the win projections we set.It’d be easy to take a look at teams like the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards and automatically assume they drastically improve, but what most people don’t ever think about is where those extra wins will come from.Most people don’t realize that in every NBA season, there needs to be a grand total of 1,230 wins and 1,230 losses between the 30 teams — 82 games times 30 teams equals 2,460 games every season, with one winner and one loser in each one. For every win one team gains, another needs to tack on a loss, which is what makes the process of… Read full this story
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