Oddsmakers don't project the Wizards as a playoff team for 2021-22 season

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Wizards not a playoff team in 2021-22 season projections originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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

  1. Nets: 55.5

  2. Bucks: 54.5

  3. Sixers: 51.5

  4. Celtics: 47.5

  5. Hawks: 47.5

  6. Heat: 45.5

  7. Pacers: 44.5

  8. Raptors: 39.5

  9. Knicks: 37.5

  10. Hornets: 37.5

  11. Bulls: 37.5

  12. Wizards: 36.5

  13. Cavs: 28.5

  14. Magic: 25.5

  15. 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.