Vegas Over/Under: 40.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 44-38
The Bet: Hammer the over The Utah Jazz went 51-31 final season. So how in the world are they expected to win only seven fewer games after losing their best player?
Well, the answer is simple: They did not actually lose their very best player.
Gordon Hayward’s departure to the Boston Celtics stings, along with the Jazz will have a tough time replacing his elastic production. A dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can not possibly fill the emptiness, and also the small-forward thickness chart looks a bit more uninspiring with Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson leading the charge.
However, Rudy Gobert is still patrolling Salt Lake City, prepared to show to the world he’s indisputably one of the NBA’s 20 best players.
Whereas Hayward finished Nos. 29 and 24, respectively, in ESPN.com’s RPM and NBA Math’s TPA, Gobert sat at Nos. 8 and 12 final season. He’s arguably the league’s best defensive player, along with his amazing finishing ability around the rim makes him immensely valuable about the offensive end.
There’s also the fact that the Jazz’s internet rating increased by 5.7 points per 100 possessions without Hayward, but it dropped by 11.3 with no Gobert. After the”Stifle Tower” suited up sans his now-departed teammate, Utah still posted a 5.5 net rating, per nbawowy. In the reverse situation, the net rating stood in minus-6.9.
Utah will be worse this season. That much is clear.
But they are not falling below .500. Frankly, they shouldn’t even be especially near this mark.
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