Vegas Over/Under: 67.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 70-12 The Bet: Avoid lean over
To be able to reward supporters of the over, Generally, avoid gambling on teams which have to have a season.
Though 67.5 victories might seem a bit low for a ridiculously talented roster that somehow got better after winning 67 games and making its second title in three years, only six squads have emerged from 68 or even more regular-season contests in One year:
2015-16 Golden State Warriors: 73-9
1995-96 Chicago Bulls: 72-10
1996-97 Chicago Bulls: 69-13
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers: 69-13
1972-73 Boston Celtics: 68-14
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers: 68-13
This season’s Golden State Warriors are every bit as talented as the above squads. After bringing all their key pieces and adding Jordan Bell, Nick Young and Omri Casspi to the mix, they may well be the most talented team in NBA history. We are even comfortable projecting them to break beyond the 70-win threshold yet again.
But this high up no margin for error exists. Two big accidents or one would make reaching 68 victories impossible. One stretch of shooting can wreck their opportunities.
Stay away, no matter how confident you could be in this bunch.