Vegas Over/Under: 67.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 70-12 The Bet: Avoid but lean over
Generally, avoid betting on teams that need to get a season that is historical in order to reward fans of the over.
Though 67.5 successes may seem a bit low for a ridiculously talented roster that somehow got better after winning 67 games and making its second title in three Decades, just six squads have emerged from 68 or even more regular-season contests in One season:
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 gifted as the above squads. After bringing back all their key pieces and incorporating Jordan Bell, Nick Young and Omri Casspi to the combination, they might well be the most talented team in NBA history. We are even comfortable projecting them to break beyond the 70-win brink yet again.
But this high up on the scale, no allowance for error exists. Two big accidents or one could make reaching 68 victories impossible. One stretch of shooting can wreck their opportunities.
Stay away, however confident you may be in this bunch.