Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 36-46 The Bet: Prevent lean over
To be very frank, I would recommend leaning no matter in which the line is put for the Dallas Mavericks. And that’s for one purpose: Rick Carlisle.
The head coach is a genius in milking talent from the players, routinely turning castoffs and undesirable pieces into quality rotation members. He’s done year after year, and 2017-18 ought to be different.
Except it is slightly different. Because while this group might be rebuilding during the last few seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s livelihood (assuming the legendary 4 ever chooses to retire), it eventually has distinct talent at quite a few distinct positions.
Dennis Smith Jr., Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Nowitzki makes for a potent starting lineup, along with the Mavs will mix and match to get Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel on the floor. That is far more talent and upside down than the group possessed during the 2016-17 campaign, and it went 33-49.
Full seasons in the frontcourt pieces? Barnes with a year of experience in a leading role under his belt? Smith added to the rotation as a Rookie of the Year danger?
Vegas set the over/under aggressively with this roster, but reasons to believe they are sold a bit short still exist.
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