Vegas Over/Under: 40.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 44-38
The Bet: Hammer the more The Utah Jazz went 51-31 final season. So how in the world are they expected to win just seven fewer games after losing their very best player?
Well, the solution is straightforward: They didn’t actually lose their best player.
Gordon Hayward’s death to the Boston Celtics stings, along with the Jazz will have a difficult time replacing his elastic production. A dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can’t possibly fill the emptiness, and also the small-forward thickness chart looks a little more uninspiring with Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson leading the charge.
However, Rudy Gobert remains patrolling Salt Lake City, prepared to prove to the planet he is indisputably one of the NBA’s 20 best players.
Whereas Hayward completed 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 is arguably the league’s best defensive player, along with his amazing finishing ability across the rim makes him immensely valuable on the offensive end.
There’s also the simple fact that the Jazz’s internet rating increased by 5.7 points per 100 possessions without Hayward, but it fell by 11.3 with no Gobert. When the”Stifle Tower” suited up sans his now-departed teammate, Utah still posted a 5.5 net evaluation, per nbawowy. In the opposite situation, the net rating stood in minus-6.9.
Utah will probably be worse this year. That much is apparent.
But they are not falling below .500. Frankly, they shouldn’t even be particularly close to this mark.
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