Sportsbook Releases 2013-14 Regular Season Wins Predictions

USA TODAY Sports

Time to literally put your money where your mouth is folks!

It's betting season folks.

Over at the Sportsbook, they have released their regular season win predictions for the 2013-14 season. I'll tackle the Memphis Grizzlies first.

There is room for complaint considering the team had their best season in franchise history in 2012-13 winning 56 games then got better in the summer. Core players Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are entering their primes and they've added key pieces in Nick Calathes, Kosta Koufos and Mike Miller to improve the team, yet Sportsbook has the team pegged to win 49 games this year.

I've said it many times throughout the offseason, but no one truly knows how good this team is considering all of the improvements and additions that have come in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies have addressed their biggest weakness in shooting by bringing along Miller, Josh Akognon and Nick Calathes, but those names aren't enough to move the meter in terms of team improvements over the summer. Pundits aren't too big on David Joerger, mostly because not much is known about the first-time head coach. Succeeding the most successful coach in Griz history may be a huge factor in this also.

Worst-case scenario the Grizzlies perform as the Sportsbook predicts, having the sixth best record in the Western Conference due to the additions of Andre Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors and Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets. Considering how deep the Western Conference appears on paper that isn't bad. If they overachieve and grab a top seed the club could be in route to another deep playoff run.

Here are all of the Sportsbook's predictions in order by wins and separated by conference.

Eastern Conference
Miami Heat 60.5
Chicago Bulls 56.5
Indiana Pacers 55
Brooklyn Nets 53
New York Knicks 49.5
Washington Wizards 41.5
Cleveland Cavaliers 41.5
Detroit Pistons 41.5
Atlanta Hawks 40
Toronto Raptors 36.5
Milwaukee Bucks 28.5
Boston Celtics 28
Charlotte Bobcats 27.5
Orlando Magic 24.5
Philadelphia 76ers 16.5
Western Conference
Los Angeles Clippers 57.5
Houston Rockets 55.5
San Antonio Spurs 55.5
Oklahoma City Thunder 51.5
Golden State Warriors 50.5
Memphis Grizzlies 49.5
Denver Nuggets 46.5
Dallas Mavericks 44.5
Minnesota Timberwolves 41.5
New Orleans Pelicans 40.5
Portland Trailblazers 38.5
Los Angeles Lakers 34.5
Sacramento Kings 32.5
Utah Jazz 27.5
Phoenix Suns 21.5

Few notes one these season predictions:

  • You have to assume that the injury to Russell Westbrook is what propelled the Los Angeles Clippers to the top of the Western Conference.
  • I have no clue how Sportsbook gets 16 wins out of the Philadelphia 76ers whose five best players are Thaddeus Young, Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Tony Wroten Jr. and Spencer Hawes. It's also important to note that their top pick in Nerlens Noel may not touch the floor until the All-Star break.
  • Three games below Memphis seems a bit high for the Denver Nuggets. They've added nice pieces to make up for Iggy's departure to Golden State, but Danilo Gallinari won't be back anytime soon and this team may not be able to defend a soul.
  • 41.5 wins from the Washington Wizards without Emeka Okafor for a large portion of the season seems like a stretch.
  • If they are only three teams worse than the Los Angeles Lakers come May of 2014, I'll honestly be shocked.
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