Vegas Over/Under: 40.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 44-38
The Bet: Hammer the over The Utah Jazz went 51-31 last season. So how on earth are they expected to win only seven fewer matches after losing their very best player?
Well, the solution is simple: They did not actually lose their very best player.
Gordon Hayward’s death to the Boston Celtics stings, and the Jazz will have a tough time replacing his elastic creation. Even a dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can not possibly fill the emptiness, and the small-forward depth chart looks a bit more uninspiring with Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson leading the charge.
But Rudy Gobert is still patrolling Salt Lake City, prepared to prove to the planet he’s 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 last season. He’s arguably the league’s best baseball player, and his incredible finishing ability around the rim makes him exceptionally precious about the offensive end.
There is also the simple fact that the Jazz’s net rating increased by 5.7 points per 100 possessions without Hayward, but it fell by 11.3 with no Gobert. After the”Stifle Tower” suited up with his now-departed teammate, Utah still submitted a 5.5 net rating, per nbawowy. In the opposite situation, the internet 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 should not even be particularly near that mark.
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