Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
The Record Projection: 44-38 of fromal The Bet: Under with confidence The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be vastly superior to previous iterations this past year.
They can count on internal advancement as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins learn how to fill defensive functions more efficiently. They’re bringing Jimmy Butler into the fold after participating in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bulls.
Replacing Ricky Rubio with Jeff Teague is a move. Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford are in city to provide greater depth, and some other generation from Justin Patton–the group’s first-round selection–will be gravy on top.
But Vegas’ over/under line is egregiously high.
Winning 49 games would be 18 more successes than the Timberwolves earned while going 31-51. That is an astronomical leap for a group that only added one enduring All-Star throughout the offseason, sacrificed an integral contributor in Zach LaVine and is incorporating a new starting point guard.
Internal advancement can only do this much, and Minnesota will be dealing with the ill effects of missing roster continuity.
Only 59 teams in NBA history have undergone year-to-year increases of 18 games, therefore the odds aren’t exactly in Minnesota’s favor. But despite casting the over/under lineup to be finished below by the Timberwolves, exercise caution.
A lot of talent is present in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and the shooting woes are a bit overblown because so many different players are far better at spot-up situations than off the bounce.
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