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 on earth are they expected to win just seven fewer games after losing their very best player?
Well, the answer is straightforward: They didn’t really lose their best player.
Gordon Hayward’s death to the Boston Celtics stings, along with the Jazz is going to have a difficult time replacing his elastic creation. Even a dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can not possibly fill the void, 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 prove to the world he is indisputably one of 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 baseball player, and his incredible finishing ability around the rim makes him exceptionally valuable about the offensive end.
There’s also the simple fact that the Jazz’s net rating dipped by 5.7 points per 100 possessions without Hayward, but it dropped by 11.3 with no Gobert. After the”Stifle Tower” suited up with his now-departed teammate, Utah still posted a 5.5 net rating, per nbawowy. In the reverse situation, the internet rating stood at minus-6.9.
Utah will be worse this season. That much is apparent.
But they’re not falling below .500. Frankly, they shouldn’t even be especially near this mark.
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