By: Denery Noone, Scott Brock-Wilson, and Justin Lynch
The second part of a six-part series of over/unders.
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Cleveland Cavaliers: 56.5
Denery: OVER: The big three will be on a mission this year. They will set out to embarrass teams night in and night out, and with a healthy Kevin Love, and when Kyrie gets healthy, they will be able to do that. I give them 60 wins this year.
Scott: UNDER: The Cavs are a post-season team. The regular season doesn’t matter to them because they won’t be judged based on their regular season performance. Expect them to rest players when needed.
Lynch: UNDER: With Shumpert and Kyrie out until the Holidays and LeBron continuing to take it easy in the regular season, this team won’t be the regular season menace it otherwise could.
Chicago Bulls: 49.5
Denery: UNDER: Derrick Rose’s inconsistent health, along with the fact that Pau Gasol will not be able to repeat his dominant season from a year ago will hurt the Bulls this year. Jimmy Butler will be great again this year, but he will not have enough around him to propel this bulls team to 50 wins.
Scott: UNDER: Gasol won’t be able to put up the same numbers as last year. Frankly, we all have to stop believing Rose will get back to his former self from years ago. Jimmy Butler a stud, but the Bulls are old and will soon miss Thibodeau.
Lynch: UNDER: They won 50 last year and Gasol and Noah are another year older. Rose is already hurt and Fred Hoiberg won’t work the team as hard as Thibs did in the regular season
Milwaukee Bucks: 43.5
Denery: OVER: BEST BET: Love the Bucks. The addition of Greg Monroe, along with getting Jabari back will be huge to this team. Giannis is a freak, and Khris Middleton is a very underrated swing man.
Scott: OVER: No doubt about this one, bet on it. The Bucks are legit and here to stay. This offseason they pretty much added not only Monroe but also Jabari. Expect the Bucks to be a top four team in the east. They will do big things this year.
Lynch: OVER: BEST BET: They won 41 last year and put up a fight against the Bulls in round one. This year they get improved Giannis, healthy Jabari, and Greg Monroe along with Middleton, Henson, and the rest. High expectations for this season in Milwaukee.
Indiana Pacers: 42.5
Denery: OVER: For one reason and one reason only; Paul George. Also do not sleep on Monta Ellis, he is aging but he is a very good scorer, and he will help this team put points up.
Scott: OVER: George is back, and the offense will be improved with the added spacing of George playing the four. Turner and Mahinmi are very good rim protectors who allow the wing players to pressure the ball more and help George adjust to playing defense down low.
Lynch: OVER: 38 wins last year, George is back and the got Monta Ellis. Turner looked really good in summer league, and George Hill is quietly a super-solid two-way player. They’ll play faster with George at the four and West and Hibbert gone as well.
Detroit Pistons: 33.5
Denery: OVER: Drummond is way too good, he will put up a huge season this year as the main weapon in the front court. Brandon Jennings and Reggie Jackson will also be big contributors, and look for Stanley Johnson to really standout in his rookie year.
Scott: OVER: 32 wins was what they accomplished last season. They lost Monroe, but the team as a whole has had another year of developing together. In my mind it all depends on how well Jackson and Jennings can play together. But I think there is too much talent with a good coach to win less than 33 games.
Lynch: OVER: Drummond will be a monster with Monroe gone, the Jackson-Jennings duo should be fun, and Stanley Johnson will keep getting better. I’m not saying they win 40, but Stan Van Gundy has this team improving on last season’s 32 wins.