16 NBA Teams Hit the Over on Their Regular Season Wins Betting Total

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  • A total of 16 NBA teams went over their preseason win total this season including five who breached their total by at least 10 wins.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers won 16.5 more games than their regular-season win total, the best variance among all NBA teams this season.
  • The teams with the two highest preseason win total the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers were among the worst four teams versus the total at -12.5 and -19.5 wins, respectively.

The NBA’s 2021-22 regular season is over and looking back, more than half of the league’s 30 teams went over their regular-season win total.

Top NBA sportsbooks come up with a projected win total for every NBA team before the start of every season and then arrive with betting odds for the teams to go over or under that win total.

This season, a total of 16 teams breached their oddsmakers’ total. Five of those teams went over their total by more than 10 wins while four just got over their season win total by half a game. Among the 16 teams, there were two teams that went over their regular season total but missed the playoffs. These were the OKC Thunder and Washington Wizards who went over their respective totals by 0.5 games.

Here’s a look at how the NBA’s 30 teams did against their season totals:

Cavs First to Go Over Season Total

The Cleveland Cavaliers had the biggest positive difference from their regular-season win total at +16.5 wins. Cleveland was the first NBA team to hit their season total, doing so on January 23rd when they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 94-87 for their 28th win of the season. The 2022 Cavs became the 5th fastest team in NBA history to hit their season total and they would go on to finish with a regular-season record of 44-38 good for 8th spot in the East.

Memphis ranked second to Cleveland, topping their win total by 14.5 games. The Grizzlies surprised the rest of the league by finishing as the 2nd seed in the Western Conference with a record of 56-26. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors came in third, going over their regular-season total by 12.5 wins.

Phoenix set a franchise record with 64 wins to finish as the top seed in the Western Conference and the owners of homecourt advantage throughout the entire 2022 playoffs. The Raptors shrugged off a slow start and finished as the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round of the playoffs. On the other hand, the West’s 7th seeded Minnesota Timberwolves went over their win total by 10.5 victories. They were playing the L.A. Clippers in the play-in tournament as of this writing.

Lake Show Disappointed

On the opposite end of the pole, the Los Angeles Lakers were the biggest disappointment of the season. L.A. opened with the second-highest win total among all teams at 52.5 but the Lake Show finished with only 33 wins, going under their regular-season win total by a massive 19.5 games. The Lakers not only missed an outright playoff spot but they also failed to qualify for the play-in tournament.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers were the second most disappointing teams of the season. The Blazers and Pacers went under their regular season totals by 17.5 games. Both also finished with the third-worst record in their respective conferences and both teams also traded All-Star players – C.J. McCollum for the Blazers and Domantas Sabonis for the Pacers.

Brooklyn opened with the highest win total among all teams at 56.5 as the Nets were the preseason betting favorites to win the 2022 NBA title. But with Kyrie Irving unable to play in their home games early on due to the COVID-19 vaccine mandates in New York, the Nets struggled to find their form. Worse, Kevin Durant missed some games mid-season due to injury. Brooklyn finished as the 7th seed in the East with a 44-38 record.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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