Los Vegas has released the projected win totals for every NBA team. Here’s a look at the line for the Denver Nuggets and their rivals in the Northwest division.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has released their projected win totals for the over/under bets on the 2017-18 NBA season. The numbers came out on Tuesday and the Denver Nuggets will hope to clear their projected win total of 45.5.
These numbers are obviously used for betting purposes and are different in nature than say ESPN’s own projections. That said, Denver’s projection is the sixth highest in the Western Conference and would have them making the playoffs with room to spare should every team finish near their projected win total.
The highest three numbers out West belong to the group you’d expect: San Antonio, Houston, and Golden State. The fourth and fifth spots are occupied by Denver’s Northwest divison-mates: The new look Oklahoma City Thunder and the reloaded Minnesota Timberwolves.
This projection reflects a recent turning of the tides in Denver. A team that has really struggled since 2013 made some serious strides in the right direction last year.
Vegas seems to be recognizing that improvement and obviously sees a lot of value in the Millsap addition. This win total is a full eleven games higher than last year’s and this is the third consecutive season that Vegas has bumped up their projection for Denver.
For those of you that are looking for gambling advice, you’ll find none here—I won’t to be responsible for anyone’s lost money. That said, as Harrison Wind of BSN Denver explains, the Nuggets have had success finishing over their projections lately:
“Last season the Nuggets beat their projected win total of 34.5 by 5.5 games and finished with a 40-42 record. Two years ago, they ended the year six games above the 27-win mark Vegas pegged for them.”
The Vegas projection is also lower than ESPN’s. The worldwide leader has the Nuggets winning 47.2 games, although that would only be good enough for seventh in the Western Conference.
These numbers are obviously subject to change as teams around the league are still busy completing their rosters. Most notably, the Kyrie Irving trade stands to shake up the landscape of the league significantly now that it’s finally gone through.
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The Nuggets themselves will hope to have a somewhat different looking roster before the trade deadline. The team lacks depth at small forward and five to six players on the team are most comfortable at the power forward spot. Consolidation is necessary.
But the heart of this Nuggets roster is in place and there’s a lot of talent this year. 45.5 wins should be enough for the playoffs. At the very least, it would be Denver’s highest win total since 2013. The Northwest may be stacked, and the Western conference may be loaded, but Denver should be ready to compete.
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