Hawks Most Bet Team to Go Over Win Total, Clippers Most Popular Bet to Go Under

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  • Bettors at BetMGM are favoring the Hawks to go over their 47.5 win total this season.
  • Meanwhile, the L.A. Clippers have received the most UNDER bets for their 45.5 win total.
  • There is belief that Kawhi Leonard could miss the entire 2021-22 season to rehab his ACL after surgery.

With the NBA season almost here and the preseason starting next week, betting action has heated up in the best NBA sportsbooks.

Online sportsbook BetMGM did a number check on the Team Over/Under prop betting market and according to figures, the Atlanta Hawks are the most popular OVER bet with their 47.5 total. The Phoenix Suns’ at 51.5 wins are second while the Blazers at 44.5 wins are third.

On the other hand, the L.A. Clippers total of 45.5 is the most popular UNDER bet at BetMGM. The Houston Rockets who already have a very low total of 27.5 wins are second while the Minnesota Timberwolves at 34.5 wins are the third-most-popular UNDER bet.

Hawks’ Season to Remember

The Atlanta Hawks entered the 2020-21 NBA season with modest expectations. They were a +15000 to win the NBA title before the start of the season and were just a longshot +6500 to win the Eastern Conference when the prop bets for the 2020-21 campaign opened. The Hawks were favored to win only 34.5 games last season but they hit that total in just 61 games and finished the 2021 season with 41 wins.

Atlanta made the playoffs for the first time in four years and despite being the 5th seed, they were -130 betting favorites against the New York Knicks in round 1. The Hawks bat the Knicks and were booked to face the East’s no. 1 team in Philadelphia. Despite being a +155 series underdog, they ousted Philly in 7 Games. The Hawks were a heavy +400 underdogs in the Conference Finals but won Game 1 in Milwaukee and forced a 2-2 tie before Trae Young got injured and the Bucks won Games 5 and 6 to oust the Hawks.

Atlanta has a .658 winning percentage last season and if you translate that to an an-82 game campaign, that’s an estimated 47 wins. Given that the Hawks are bringing back the core of their 2021 team, there is good reason to believe that the Hawks are going to improve on their previous finish.

Could Kawhi Miss the Entire 2021-22 Season?

Like the Atlanta Hawks, the L.A. Clippers are coming off a breakthrough season. The Clippers have been known as the team that couldn’t get out of the second round of the playoffs but even when their superstar Kawhi Leonard got hurt late in Round 2, the Clippers advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history and they gave the Phoenix Suns a good fight before losing 4-2 in the series.

The Clippers were the 2020 preseason favorites and last season they were the second favorites behind the Lakers. However, the Clippers are only 8th in the latest NBA championship odds boards at +1800 at the BetOnline App. The reason? There are rumors that Kawhi Leonard could miss the entire 2021-22 season after undergoing ACL surgery. Sure, his was a partial ACL tear only, but remember that in his previous major injury, Leonard took the conservative road and missed more than a season.

Paul George is coming off an impressive postseason and Reggie Jackson emerged as a star in the playoffs But without Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers are just a much different team. L.A. won 47 games last week or a .653 winning percentage which would translate to 53 wins in an 82-game schedule. But with Leonard accounting for 8.8 win shares last season, bettors are expecting them to win fewer than their total of 45.5 games. Without Kawhi, that seems reasonable.

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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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