- Boston Celtics - 55.5
- Philadelphia 76ers - 50.5
- Toronto Raptors - 45.5
- Brooklyn Nets - 51.5
- New York Knicks - 39.5
- Milwaukee Bucks - 53.5
- Chicago Bulls - 44.5
- Cleveland Cavaliers - 47.5
- Indiana Pacers - 23.5
- Detroit Pistons - 28.5
- Miami Heat - 50.5
- Atlanta Hawks - 46.5
- Charlotte Hornets - 36.5
- Washington Wizards - 35.5
- Orlando Magic - 26.5
Teams will begin reporting to training camp in the next week and preseason games begin in early October, which means now is the time to start placing future bets. Teams expected win totals are of our favorite bets to place in the preseason, so let’s dive into each NBA Eastern Conference teams chances and analyze whether there’s value on the over or under.
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Boston Celtics – 55.5
The Celtics have the highest win total of any team in the NBA Eastern Conference 2022-23, at 55.5 wins. That’s a lot! Only two teams last year surpassed that total. The Phoenix Suns finished with 62 and the Memphis Grizzlies finished with 56.
The Celtics have a championship-worthy roster, but they are also extremely injury-prone. Grant Williams is already going to be sidelined to start the season. Al Horford is 36 years old and is coming off of a high-usage season. Plus, the East is arguably the tougher of the two conferences, which means they’re playing more games against higher competition.
To top it all off, head coach Ime Udoka is likely to be suspended for this entire season after having an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female team staff member. His action violated the Celtics code of conduct, resulting in his suspension. While we still expect Boston to still have a great season, this total is a little too high. Take the under.
Continuing our NBA Eastern Conference teams preview and betting evaluation:
Philadelphia 76ers – 50.5
Health is a big concern for the Sixers as well. Joel Embiid has a hard time staying healthy, so taking into account how many games he’ll be available for is something to consider. That being said, having James Harden for a full season will help the Sixers. Tyrese Maxey should take another step forward in his development. And the addition of PJ Tucker makes the Sixers defense much improved. This number feels pretty spot on, but if we had to make a pick, we would lean to the over.
Toronto Raptors – 45.5
The Raptors got off to a slow start last season with Pascal Siakam returning from injury. They also got hit with Covid early in the season and had a .500 record at the end of December, yet they still finished the season with 48 wins. Scottie Barnes taking a step forward in his second season gives this team a lot to be excited about. This number feels a little too low. Take the over.
Brooklyn Nets – 51.5
Under. We’ll say it again. Under! Will Kyrie Irving find a reason not to play again this year? Will Kevin Durant get traded midway through the season? Will Ben Simmons finally be ready to play? These are all questions that we don’t want our money tied to. Take the under in this NBA Eastern Conference teams/Brooklyn preview.
New York Knicks – 39.5
Knicks fans are feeling somewhat good coming into this season with the addition of Jalen Brunson. But will that really equate to more wins? This is the first season where Brunson will be considered a No. 1 option. While he’s a great player, we’re a bit skeptical as to how that will play itself out in his first year with the Knicks. Julius Randall had a terrible season last year after a stellar 2020-21 season, so there’s not a whole lot of optimism around where he can take this team. Unfortunately, we think it’s going to be another painful year for Knicks fans. Take the under.
Milwaukee Bucks – 53.5
The Milwaukee Bucks recorded 51 wins last season. That was after getting off to a slow start and Brook Lopez missing quite a bit of time early in the season. The Bucks should be a dominant force in the East this season and should be able to surpass this win total with Giannis Antetokounmpo as their centerpiece.
Chicago Bulls – 44.5
The Bulls got off to a hot start last season but floundered towards the end of the year with injuries. Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan are a dangerous duo and getting Patrick Williams back and healthy should give the Bulls a boost. However, Lonzo Ball is still struggling with knee issues and will miss the start of the season. Something tells us that injury could linger for a while and the Bulls struggled mightily when he was sidelined. We don’t trust a team that has a history of injury for multiple players. Take the under.
Cleveland Cavaliers – 47.5
There is a lot to like about this Cleveland Cavaliers team heading into the season. They doubled their projected season win total last year and look like a team that’s primed to make the playoffs this year. They also just traded for Donovan Mitchell which adds a huge boost to their already solid roster of All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, and second-year big man Evan Mobley. Take the over.
Indiana Pacers – 23.5
There are absolutely no playoff hopes for the Indiana Pacers this season. They have one of the youngest teams in the entire league and will likely use this season to work to build chemistry and continuity among the players. They have a few nice pieces with Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner but those two players alone aren’t going to equate to many wins. Take the under.
Detroit Pistons – 28.5
The Detroit Pistons won 23 games last season and aren’t anywhere close to contending for a title. However, they did add a few nice pieces in the offseason that should help increase their win total this season. They drafted Jaden Ivy, who is an explosive guard out of Purdue, and big man Jalen Duren out of Memphis. Detroit also traded for Nerlens Noel who can be a solid rim protector, which is something that the Pistons desperately need after their defense finished ranked 24th last season. The 2021 No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham will also be in his second season in the league and should continue to develop into a major threat for this team. Overall, the Pistons made steps in the right direction this offseason, which is why we like their team total to go over 28.5.
Miami Heat – 50.5
The Heat finished with 53 wins last season, which was the best record in the Eastern Conference. Other than losing PJ Tucker, their roster is almost exactly the same this year. Victor Oladipo could find himself with a larger role now that he’s healthy. Overall, this number feels pretty spot on, but if we had to pick, we’d lean to the under.
Atlanta Hawks – 46.5
The Atlanta Hawks are going to be an exciting team this season with the addition of DeJauntay Murray. Paired with Trae Young in the backcourt should open things up for Young a bit more and allow him to play off the ball. There are also expectations of further development from NBA younger players like DeAndre Hunter and added depth from their bench players. Take the over.
Charlotte Hornets – 36.5
Without Miles Bridges on the roster, this is going to be a tough season for the Hornets. LaMelo Ball will be asked to do a lot this year and as good as he is, he can’t do it all himself. Take the under.
Washington Wizards – 35.5
There isn’t a whole lot to get excited about when it comes to this Washington Wizards roster. Bradley Beal is an All-Star and Kyle Kuzma is a solid player. The Wizards finished right in line with this win total last year at 35 wins, which seems just about right. If anything lean to the over with what should be a fully healthy Beal this season.
Orlando Magic – 26.5
The Magic can’t get much worse than they were last season. They finished with 22 wins, which was the second-worst record in the league behind the Houston Rockets who had 20. Orlando drafted Palo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and he should add significant talent. Orlando has a lot of nice pieces, their biggest issue is youth and inexperience. This season they should take a small step forward. Take the over. Continue to check back right here for all of the best NBA Eastern Conference predictions.Follow us on Twitter