Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 36-46 The Bet: Avoid 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 is for one purpose: Rick Carlisle.
The head coach is a genius at milking talent from the players, routinely turning castoffs and unwanted pieces into quality turning members. He’s done year after year, and 2017-18 should be different.
Except it is slightly different. Because while this group might be rebuilding throughout the last few seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s career (assuming the legendary 4 ever chooses to retire), it finally 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 around the floor. That is much more talent and upside down than the group possessed during the 2016-17 campaign, and it went 33-49.
Full seasons from the frontcourt bits? Barnes with a year of experience in a leading role under his belt? Smith added for a Rookie of the Year threat to the rotation?
Vegas place the over/under aggressively with this roster, but reasons to believe they’re sold somewhat brief still exist.
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