The oddsmakers in Las Vegas know an awful lot, but they don't know everything. Especially when it comes to something as tricky as projecting NBA wins over a full 82-game regular season.
Sure, the sheer length of the NBA schedule allows for innumerable variables that could cause huge shifts in the NBA landscape. But a little research and opportunistic thinking can go a long way toward beating the house.
More than that, though, looking at a few NBA over/under win projections gives basketball fans a chance to see just how their favorite team measures up against the competition. Sometimes, oddsmakers put too much emphasis on injuries or a few flashy free-agent acquisitions. In other instances, they don't consider the likelihood of young players improving or old ones falling off.
For the most part, the guys in Vegas who set the lines are amazingly adept at getting equal action on both sides of every line. But occasionally, they just plain get it wrong.
Here are a few NBA over/under win totals that really missed the mark (all over/under figures from Bovada unless otherwise indicated).