Vegas Over/Under: 45.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48 The Bet: Above with confidence
When Nikola Jokic re-entered the starting lineup on December 15, everything clicked.
From there forward, the Denver Nuggets submitted the league’s best offensive evaluation (113.3). And though they had been remarkably porous (league-worst 111.9 defensive rating), they nevertheless outscored their foes and asserted themselves as a valid danger to make the playoffs.
Now, they’re better–with a good deal.
Paul Millsap is a perfect match alongside Jokic, gracing the Nuggets with his defensive acumen and flexible offensive play. He provides the Mile High City another top-25 participant, and his presence instantly creates one of the NBA’s most dangerous frontcourt pairings.
How will opponents manage passing coming from so many distinct places in 2017-18? How can they counteract the offensive excellence when a legitimate defensive stalwart is creating Jokic’s life simpler?
And the frontcourt is not the only reason for unmitigated optimism.
Gary Harris enjoys enormous synergy with Jokic and is coming off a breakout year. He should keep on emerging as one of the Association’s better 2-guards, and he is joined by another high-upside backcourt member in Jamal Murray.
Losing Danilo Gallinari hurts, and the Nuggets failed to combine their resources. But this is a deep group overflowing with talent in many different positions.
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