Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 36-46 The Bet: Avoid lean over
To be quite frank, I’d recommend leaning over no matter in which the line is put for the Dallas Mavericks. And that is for one simple reason: Rick Carlisle.
The head coach is a genius at milking talent out of his players, regularly turning castoffs and unwanted bits into quality rotation members. He has done year after year, and 2017-18 should be different.
Except it is different. Because while this team might be rebuilding throughout the final 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 to get Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel on the floor. That’s far more talent and upside down compared to the group possessed during the 2016-17 campaign, and it moved 33-49.
Full seasons in the bits? Barnes using a year of experience in a role under his belt? Smith added into the rotation as a Rookie of the Year threat?
Vegas place the over/under aggressively for this roster, but reasons to believe they are sold a bit short still exist.
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