Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
The Record Projection: 36-46 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean over
To be very frank, I’d recommend leaning over no matter where the line is put for the Dallas Mavericks. And that’s for one simple reason: Rick Carlisle.
The head coach is a genius at milking talent out of the players, routinely turning castoffs and unwanted pieces into quality turning members. He has done after year, and 2017-18 ought to be different.
Except it is slightly different. Because while this group may be rebuilding during the last couple of seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s livelihood (assuming the legendary 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 will mix and match for Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel around the Ground. That is far more talent and upside compared to the team owned during the 2016-17 campaign, and it went 33-49.
Seasons from the pieces that are frontcourt? Barnes with a year of experience in a role under his belt? Smith added as a Rookie of the Year threat into the rotation?
Vegas set the over/under aggressively for this roster, but reasons to think they are sold a bit brief still exist.
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