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Cavaliers over-under win total for next season set at 30.5

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Odds place Cleveland as one of the league’s worst teams.

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Losing LeBron James means the Cavaliers won’t be as good next season. Losing the best player in the world (and maybe ever) makes that unavoidable. But if just released over-under win totals hold true, Cleveland will be one of the worst teams in the league for the 2018-19 season.

As released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Cavs’ over-under win total for the 2018-19 season is 30.5. That is the sixth-lowest total in the league overall and the fourth-worst total in the Eastern Conference:

2018-19 overall NBA over-under win totals

Team Win total
Team Win total
Golden State Warriors 62.5
Boston Celtics 57.5
Philadelphia 76ers 54.5
Houston Rockets 54.5
Toronto Raptors 54.5
Oklahoma City Thunder 50.5
Los Angeles Lakers 48.5
Utah Jazz 48.5
Denver Nuggets 47.5
Indiana Pacers 47.5
Milwaukee Bucks 46.5
New Orleans Pelicans 45.5
Washington Wizards 44.5
Minnesota Timberwolves 44.5
San Antonio Spurs 43.5
Portland Trail Blazers 41.5
Miami Heat 41.5
Detroit Pistons 37.5
Los Angeles Clippers 35.5
Charlotte Hornets 35.5
Memphis Grizzlies 34.5
Dallas Mavericks 34.5
Brooklyn Nets 32.5
Orlando Magic 31.5
Cleveland Cavaliers 30.5
New York Knicks 29.5
Phoenix Suns 28.5
Chicago Bulls 27.5
Sacramento Kings 25.5
Atlanta Hawks 23.5

2018-19 over-under win totals - Eastern Conference only

Team Win total
Team Win total
Boston Celtics 57.5
Philadelphia 76ers 54.5
Toronto Raptors 54.5
Indiana Pacers 47.5
Milwaukee Bucks 46.5
Washington Wizards 44.5
Miami Heat 41.5
Detroit Pistons 37.5
Charlotte Hornets 35.5
Brooklyn Nets 32.5
Orlando Magic 31.5
Cleveland Cavaliers 30.5
New York Knicks 29.5
Chicago Bulls 27.5
Atlanta Hawks 23.5

The Cavs would benefit from finishing around 30.5 wins and among the league’s worst teams. It would not be as successful as the franchise might hope, but it would allow Cleveland to keep the top-10 protected pick it owes the Hawks for at least another year. And nabbing another lottery talent to pair with Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman would not be bad for the Cavs’ long-term hopes.

But it is also possible that the Cavs will be better than their over-under total suggests. For one, they play in the weaker conference. Second, the team has not made moves this summer that indicate they plan on losing a lot of games. It started with re-signing Kevin Love and extended to signing David Nwaba and trading for Sam Dekker and not (yet) trading away all of the veteran pieces on the roster. The Cavs may be trying to develop young talent — and both Nwaba and Dekker are players the Cavs will work to develop — but they also kept their one All-Star. Actions speak louder than words and Cleveland is clearly not tanking. If Love is healthy, and the young talent plays well, the Cavs could be in the hunt for a playoff spot this season. In the East, it’s a realistic outcome.