NBA Predictions: Pacific Division strengthens, adding intrigue to Win Totals

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The Pacific Division is one of the strongest divisions in the NBA with the standings set to undergo a mini-makeover. The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors got a lot stronger this offseason while the Phoenix Suns elected to stay put. With Kawhi Leonard set to miss the season, Los Angeles Clippers have been reduced to a playoff contender while the Sacramento Kings are fighting for relevancy.

Below are the win totals for the division.

NBA 2021-22 Win Totals (Over/Under)

PACIFIC DIVISION
Golden State Warriors 48.5
Los Angeles Clippers 45.5
Los Angeles Lakers 53.5
Phoenix Suns 51.5
Sacramento Kings 35.5

— The Front Office (@NBASkoolOfThort) August 24, 2021

So which teams got better and which teams got worse? Let’s dive into the win totals and predict who wins goes Under or Over.

NBA Predictions: Pacific Division provides intrigue to predicting Win Totals
Klay Thompson’s return is the key for Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors enter the 2021-22 Season looking to acquire its fourth title. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson are aging thus the franchise is on the clock to maximize one of the most successful core groups in history. Interestingly, Golden State hasn’t made any major moves to improve its roster, relying on Thompson’s return to elevate them to another championship.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS OFFSEASON MOVES (per RealGM)

ADDED
Nemanja Bjelica
Chris Chiozza
Andre Iguodala
Otto Porter

RE-SIGNED
Steph Curry

LOST
Kent Bazemore
Kelly Oubre
Eric Paschall
Nico Manion
Jordan Bell
Alen Smailagic

— The Front Office (@NBASkoolOfThort) August 25, 2021

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The Warriors finished ninth last season, losing back-to-back play-in games against the Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies. Curry carried the franchise all year, having the best statistical season of his career. He averaged 32 points and 5.8 assists on outstanding 48-42-92 shooting splits giving them a shot at the post-season.

Fast-forward to the upcoming season, the Warriors should improve by virtue of a returning Thompson. However, there are major question marks on whether he will return as the Thompson of old or a mere shell of himself. Still, his presence alone will open the floor and their offense will improve around their strong defense.

Golden State finished last season with a record of 39-33 with Curry as the only offensive threat. Thompson’s return will add more wins but I don’t believe he adds 10 more wins.

Verdict: Under 48.5
Prediction: 46-36

Los Angeles Clippers poised for a tough season with Kawhi Leonard Out

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