NBA Win Total Recommendations

NBA Win Total Recommendations

NBA Win Total Recommendations
By: The Linemakers   
Sportingnews.com

The NBA regular season gets underway on Tuesday night, October 30th. If you listen to all the analysts around the country, you would think the matchup for the Finals in June has already been decided. It would be the Miami Heat from the East versus either the OKC Thunder or the new look L.A. Lakers from the West.

We don’t think it is quite that simple, and we'll give you a couple of other teams that could make things very interesting in the playoffs.

Let’s start in the East with the retooled Boston Celtics.

This is a team that has primed itself to make another run at a championship. In addition to the solid core of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Bass, the Celts have added Jason Terry to take the place of Ray Allen, who's now in Miami. Terry for Allen seems to be about a push at this point in their careers, and Terry may even be a better shooter right now.

Remember also that Boston gets back Avery Bradley, who missed the playoffs last year. Bradley averaged 10.4 points per game in the second half of the year last season when he was forced to play extended minutes due to injuries. He is a young guy who is also a great defender.

Add to that a healthy Jeff Green. Green was the No. 5 overall pick in 2007 and has career averages of 13.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. He missed last year because of a heart condition but is back in shape and has been impressive this preseason.

Throw in 6’5” guard Courtney Lee, who averaged 11.4 a game for the Rockets last year. The Celts gave him a four-year deal worth $21.5 million so they are pretty high on him.

Boston drafted Jared Sullinger from Ohio State. His stock dropped because of back problems, but he looks to be fine, and although coach Doc Rivers doesn’t like to use rookies a lot, he has said that Sullinger will be part of the rotation because of his rebounding and passing.

Fab Melo of Syracuse is Boston's other first-round pick and by the end of the season will provide a defensive presence on the blocks.

Finally, when you throw in the recent addition of Leandro Barbosa, the Celtics have the look of a very deep and talented team.

The season win total on Boston is set at 50.5, which we think is low. This is a team that can make a deep run in the playoffs, and while the Heat appear to be improved, the Celtics might be right there banging with them in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Now for the Western Conference.

The L.A. Clippers have put together a deep and talented roster. Chris Paul may be the best point guard in the league, and Blake Griffin (20.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg) is only getting better.

Caron Butler was coming off knee surgery last year and is in much better shape this time around. He lost 15 pounds and says he is in the best shape of his life.

DeAndre Jordan is being touted as a breakout guy this year. He is a tremendous shot blocker that averaged 7.4 points with 8.3 rebounds per game.

With the return -- probably by late November -- of Chauncey Billups, there is a very solid nucleus.

The Clippers also brought back Lamar Odom. Odom started his career with the Clippers and is supposedly much more focused after a bad year with the Mavs.

In addition, they have added a solid cast of bench players. Jamal Crawford brings a career average of 14 points per game, and he can flat out shoot it. Matt Barnes comes over from the Lakers and will be a solid role player.

Finally, the addition of 40-year old Grant Hill brings stability and maturity to a young roster. Hill averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists the last five years with Phoenix, showing he can still play.

William Hill has a prop up with the Clippers +8.5 wins versus the Lakers. We think that is a take, as the Lakers may take a little time to jell.

The Clippers' win total is 49.5, and the thought here is that is too low. There is value with going over that number. Don’t be surprised if the Clippers are still standing and battling the Lakers or the Thunder in the conference finals.

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