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 on earth are they expected to win only seven fewer matches after losing their very best player?
Well, the solution is simple: They didn’t actually lose their very best player.
Gordon Hayward’s departure to the Boston Celtics stings, along with the Jazz is going to have a difficult time replacing his versatile creation. Even a dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can not possibly fill the emptiness, and 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, ready to show to the world he’s indisputably among 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 last season. He is arguably the league’s best defensive player, and his incredible finishing ability across the rim makes him immensely precious on the offensive end.
There is also the 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 internet rating stood in minus-6.9.
Utah will be worse this season. That much is clear.
But they’re not falling below .500. Frankly, they should not even be particularly close to this mark.
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