Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
The Record Projection: 36-46 of fromal The Bet: Avoid but lean over
To be quite frank, I’d 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 out of his players, routinely turning castoffs and undesirable pieces into quality turning members. He’s done so year after year, and 2017-18 should be no different.
Except it is slightly different. Because while this group might be rebuilding throughout the last couple of seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s career (assuming the mythical 4 chooses to retire), it eventually has distinct talent at quite a few different positions.
Dennis Smith Jr., Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Nowitzki makes for a strong beginning lineup, along with the Mavs can mix and match for Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel on the Ground. That’s far more talent and upside down than the group owned during the 2016-17 effort, and it moved 33-49.
Seasons in the frontcourt pieces? Barnes using a year of experience in a leading role under his belt? Smith added as a Rookie of the Year danger into 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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