An NBA champion was crowned Tuesday night after the Bucks defeated the Suns in six games to capture their first title in 50 years.
Now that the 2020-21 season has officially wrapped, it's time to look ahead to the NBA Draft, free agency and, of course, next season.
PointsBet released over/under projections for every NBA team's 2021-22 season win totals and in the end, the Wizards find themselves on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Washington is thought to be at least a 36-win team next season according to the oddsmakers, which would put it 12th in the East before the draft and free agency.
NBA regular-season win totals 2021-22 | PointsBet USA
- Nets: 55.5
- Bucks: 54.5
- Sixers: 51.5
- Celtics: 47.5
- Hawks: 47.5
- Heat: 45.5
- Pacers: 44.5
- Raptors: 39.5
- Knicks: 37.5
- Hornets: 37.5
- Bulls: 37.5
- Wizards: 36.5
- Cavs: 28.5
- Magic: 25.5
- Pistons: 25.5
PointsBet also gave the Wizards the 16th-best odds to win the championship next season at +8000. The Raptors, Grizzlies and Pelicans have the same odds as Washington.
The Wizards overcame a 17-34 start last season and ultimately made the playoffs as the eighth seed in the East. They fell to the top-seeded Sixers in five games, and now -- at least according to PointsBet -- it appears the Bulls, Hornets, Raptors and Pacers have a better shot at getting into the playoffs than Washington.
We still have the 2021 NBA Draft and free agency to get through, so a lot could change regarding the landscape of the East between now and the first game of the regular season.
The Wizards have the 15th pick in the draft and a few salary cap devices they can use to sign players to improve their roster for Wes Unseld Jr.'s first season as the franchise's head coach.