Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
The Record Projection: 44-38 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with confidence that is marginal The Minnesota Timberwolves are likely to be vastly superior to previous iterations this year.
They can count on inner improvement as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins learn how to fulfill defensive functions more efficiently. They’re bringing Jimmy Butler into the fold after engaging in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bulls.
Replacing Ricky Rubio with Jeff Teague is, at worst, a lateral move. Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford are in town to supply more depth, and any production from Justin Patton–that the team’s first-round selection–will be gravy on top.
But Vegas’ over/under lineup is egregiously significant.
Winning 49 games are 18 more successes than the Timberwolves earned while moving 31-51. That’s an astronomical leap for a team that just added one enduring All-Star throughout the offseason, forfeited a key contributor in Zach LaVine and can be incorporating a fresh starting point guard.
Internal improvement may only do so 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 at least 18 games, therefore the odds are not exactly in Minnesota’s favor. But despite projecting the over/under lineup to be finished below by the Timberwolves, exercise caution.
A good deal of talent is within the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and the shooting woes are somewhat overblown because a lot of different players are far better at spot-up situations than off the bounce.
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