Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
The Record Projection: 44-38 of fromal The Bet: Under with confidence that is marginal The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be vastly superior to previous iterations this year.
They can count on inner improvement as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins learn how to fulfill defensive functions more efficiently. They are bringing Jimmy Butler to the fold after participating in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bulls.
Replacing Ricky Rubio with Jeff Teague is a lateral movement. Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford are in city to provide greater depth, and some other production from Justin Patton–that the group’s first-round choice –would be gravy on top.
However, Vegas’ over/under line is egregiously high.
Winning 49 games are 18 more victories than the Timberwolves earned while going 31-51. That’s an astronomical leap for a group that only added a single enduring All-Star during the offseason, sacrificed a key contributor in Zach LaVine and is integrating a fresh starting point guard.
Internal improvement can only do this much, and Minnesota will be handling the ill effects of missing roster persistence.
Only 59 teams in NBA history have undergone year-to-year increases of at least 18 games, therefore the odds are not exactly in Minnesota’s favor. But despite projecting the over/under line to be finished significantly beneath by the Timberwolves, exercise caution.
A good deal of talent is within the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and the shooting woes are a bit overblown because so many different players are far better in spot-up situations than off the rebound.
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