Vegas odds makers at SportsBook have set over/under win totals for every NBA team in the 2012-13 season, and the news isn't good for Milwaukee Bucks fans. When John Hollinger of ESPN released his less-than-inspiring projections for Bucks players on Sept. 28 it prompted a "haters gonna hate" type reaction from plenty of fans, but now the savvy experts in Vegas have piled on Milwaukee.
How bad is the news? The over/under win total for the Bucks is set at 36.5 for the upcoming season, which places the team in the No. 9 slot in the Eastern Conference and a whopping seven games out of the playoffs. The good news? If you are still on the "haters gonna hate" thing, there's (potentially) plenty of money to be made!
But in all seriousness, the projection does feel low -- at least relative to the final playoff spot in the East. If it surprised you to see a 36.5 line next to the Bucks, you are not alone.
Here is a look at the complete listing of over/under win totals, broken down by conference (thanks to Evan Z of Golden State of Mind for putting me up on this listing -- be sure to check out his excellent NBA and NFL blog, The City, as well):
2012-13 NBA Western Conference Vegas Over/Under Win Totals
|1||Oklahoma City Thunder||60.5|
|2||Los Angeles Lakers||59.5|
|3||San Antonio Spurs||55.5|
|5||Los Angeles Clippers||48.5|
|10||Portland Trail Blazers||35.5|
|11||Golden State Warriors||34.5|
|15||New Orleans Hornets||25.5
2012-13 NBA Eastern Conference Vegas Over/Under Win Totals
|6||New York Knicks||45.5|
If you need a bit more information on the East to fully process this hierarchy, I broke down the field over the summer and provided a list of projected lineups for each team in the conference. Here it is again, with my original stratification of playoff teams (green), bubble teams (yellow) and lottery teams (red). Please recall that I was focused on creating tiers, but not the order of teams within the tiers.