Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
The Record Projection: 36-46 of fromal 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 the players, regularly turning castoffs and undesirable pieces into quality rotation members. He’s done after year, and 2017-18 ought to be different.
Except it is different. Because while this team might be rebuilding throughout the last few seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s livelihood (assuming the mythical 4 chooses to retire), it eventually has different talent at quite a few different positions.
Dennis Smith Jr., Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Nowitzki makes for a potent starting lineup, along with the Mavs can mix and match to get Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel on the Ground. That is far more talent and upside down than the group possessed during the 2016-17 campaign, and it moved 33-49.
Full seasons in the frontcourt pieces? Barnes with a year of experience in a role under his belt? Smith added for a Rookie of the Year danger into the rotation?
Vegas set the over/under aggressively with this roster, but reasons to think they’re sold somewhat brief still exist.
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