Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 36-46 The Bet: Avoid lean over
To be very frank, I would recommend leaning no matter in which the line is put for the Dallas Mavericks. And that is for one purpose: Rick Carlisle.
The head coach is a genius in milking talent from the players, routinely turning castoffs and unwanted bits into quality turning members. He’s done after year, and 2017-18 ought to be different.
Except it is different. Because while this group may be rebuilding during the last couple of seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s career (assuming the mythical 4 ever chooses to retire), it finally 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 around the floor. That’s far more talent and upside than the group owned during the 2016-17 campaign, and it went 33-49.
Seasons from the 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 place the over/under aggressively for this roster, but reasons to think they are sold somewhat brief still exist.
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