Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 36-46 The Bet: Avoid lean over
To be quite frank, I would recommend leaning over no matter where 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 pieces into quality turning members. He’s done after year, and 2017-18 should be different.
Except it is slightly different. Because while this team might be rebuilding during the last couple of seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s livelihood (assuming the mythical 4 ever chooses to retire), it eventually has different 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 will mix and match to get Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel on the floor. That’s much more talent and upside down than the group possessed during the 2016-17 campaign, and it went 33-49.
Full seasons in the frontcourt bits? Barnes using a year of experience in a role under his belt? Smith added to the rotation for a Rookie of the Year danger?
Vegas set the over/under aggressively for this roster, but motives to think they’re sold somewhat brief still exist.
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