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Las Vegas sports book releases NBA over/under win totals

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The Miami Heat’s LeBron James, left, holding the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy and his Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championship game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, June 21, 2013, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second straight NBA championship. Former NBA player Bill Russell looks on. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

For NBA players, Tuesday brought the first day of practice. For NBA bettors, it was the first day of the season.

The LVH Superbook unveiled its season win totals for all 30 NBA teams. The over/under numbers are open for wagering for the next four weeks, up until Oct. 29 when the season officially tips off.

Oddsmakers predictably assigned one of the teams playing on that first night, the Miami Heat, the highest total. The two-time defending champions carry an over/under of 60 victories.

It’s a half-point lower than the Heat opened last season, when they shattered their over/under of 60 with a 66-16 record. Miami won 58 games in its only other full season with the “Big Three” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Beyond the Heat, the Superbook’s odds are a testament to the wavering nature of the NBA. A year ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder opened equal to the Heat at 60.5 wins and the Los Angeles Lakers were right behind at 59.5.

Neither the Thunder nor the Lakers are anywhere near the top this season. With Kobe Bryant injured and Dwight Howard in Houston, the Lakers' win total falls all the way 33.5 this season off of a disappointing 45-37 campaign.

Despite winning the Western Conference two years ago and finishing with the best record in 2012, Oklahoma City’s win total is behind three conference rivals and seven teams total this season. The Thunder is set at 50.5 victories.

Replacing the Thunder and Lakers at the top of the betting board are the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls. With the Clippers hiring coach Doc Rivers and re-signing point guard Chris Paul, they have the second-highest over/under at 57 wins. The Bulls, who meet the Heat in the first game of the season, are next at 56.5 largely due to the return of injured point guard Derrick Rose.

The Clippers won 56 games a season ago while Chicago toiled to a relatively disappointing 45 victories.

The Spurs are the other constant as they’re set at 55.5 wins, the same as last season when they beat the number by 2.5 games.

Off of active offseasons, the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets join the top rung of the lead. Houston, with center Dwight Howard in tow, received a win total of 54.5. The additions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko boost Brooklyn to 52.5 after it won 49 a season ago.

The price on both the over and under of every team is set at the standard minus-110, making it easy to track the market’s position going forward. In the meantime, check below for all 30 NBA win totals.

Heat — 60

Clippers — 57

Bulls — 56.5

Spurs — 55.5

Rockets — 54.5

Pacers — 53.5

Nets — 52.5

Thunder — 50.5

Warriors — 49.5

Knicks — 49.5

Grizzlies — 49

Nuggets — 47

Mavericks — 44

Wizards — 42

Pistons — 41

Timberwolves — 41

Cavaliers — 40.5

Hawks — 40

Pelicans — 40

Trailblazers — 38.5

Raptors — 36.5

Lakers — 33.5

Kings — 31.5

Bucks — 28.5

Celtics — 27.5

Bobcats — 27.5

Jazz — 27.5

Magic — 24.5

Suns — 21.5

76ers — 16.5

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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