Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 36-46 The Bet: Prevent but lean over
To be quite frank, I’d recommend leaning no matter in which the line is set for the Dallas Mavericks. And that’s for one purpose: Rick Carlisle.
The head coach is a genius in milking talent from his players, regularly turning castoffs and unwanted bits into quality turning members. He has done year after year, and 2017-18 should be no different.
Except it is slightly different. Because while this team might be rebuilding during the final few seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s career (assuming the mythical 4 chooses to retire), it finally has distinct talent at quite a few distinct positions.
Dennis Smith Jr., Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Nowitzki makes for a strong beginning lineup, and the Mavs can mix and match to get Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel on the floor. That’s far more talent and upside compared to the group possessed during the 2016-17 campaign, and it moved 33-49.
Seasons from the bits that are frontcourt? Barnes using a year of experience in a role under his belt? Smith added to the rotation?
Vegas set the over/under aggressively for this roster, but reasons to believe they are sold somewhat brief still exist.
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