How much better will Heat be this season? Offshore sports book puts projected win total at 43 1/2

MIAMI — The Heat are expected to be better this season. But how much better?

With 11 players returning from last season’s 41-41 team, the Bovada.lv offshore sports book has the over-under betting line for the Heat’s win total for the 2017-18 regular season at 43 1/2 games. Miami has finished with fewer than 43 wins in two of the past three seasons and missed the playoffs both times.

Josh Richardson #0 and Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat celebrate in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Based on the Heat’s latest projected win total, Bovada.lv projects them to finish sixth in the Eastern Conference behind the Celtics, Cavaliers, Raptors, Wizards and Bucks. That’s good enough to make the playoffs, as Charlotte and Philadelphia are the bottom two playoffs teams in the East, according to the projected win totals.

Bovada.lv has Dwyane Wade and the Bulls with the lowest projected win total at 22. The Heat have finished with fewer than 22 wins just three times in their 29 seasons.

NBA Win Totals (From Most to Least Wins)

Golden State Warriors – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 67½

Boston Celtics – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 55½

Houston Rockets – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 55½

San Antonio Spurs – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 54½

Cleveland Cavaliers – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 53½

Oklahoma City Thunder – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 50½

Minnesota Timberwolves – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 48½

Toronto Raptors – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 48½

Washington Wizards – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 48

Milwaukee Bucks – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 47½

Denver Nuggets – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 45½

Los Angeles Clippers – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 43½

Miami Heat – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 43½

Charlotte Hornets – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 42½

Portland Trailblazers – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 42½

Philadelphia 76ers – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 41½

Utah Jazz – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 41

New Orleans Pelicans – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 39½

Detroit Pistons – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 38½

Memphis Grizzlies – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 37½

Dallas Mavericks – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 35½

Los Angeles Lakers – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 33½

Orlando Magic – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 33½

Indiana Pacers – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 31½

New York Knicks – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 30½

Phoenix Suns – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 29

Brooklyn Nets – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 27½

Sacramento Kings – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 27½

Atlanta Hawks – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 25½

Chicago Bulls – 2017-2018 Regular Season Win Total
Over/Under 22

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