Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
The Record Projection: 36-46 of fromal The Bet: Avoid lean over
To be very frank, I would recommend leaning no matter where the line is set for the Dallas Mavericks. And that’s for one simple reason: Rick Carlisle.
The head coach is a genius at milking talent out of his players, routinely turning castoffs and undesirable bits into quality turning members. He has done after year, and 2017-18 ought to be different.
Except it is slightly different. Because while this team might be rebuilding throughout the final few seasons of Dirk Nowitzki’s career (assuming the legendary 4 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 for Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel around the Ground. That’s much more talent and upside compared to the team owned during the 2016-17 campaign, and it moved 33-49.
Full seasons from the pieces that are frontcourt? Barnes with a year of experience in a role under his belt? Smith added for a Rookie of the Year danger into the rotation?
Vegas set the over/under aggressively with this roster, but motives to think they’re sold a bit brief still exist.
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