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 in the world are they expected to win only seven fewer games after losing their best player?
Well, the answer is simple: They did not actually lose their very best player.
Gordon Hayward’s death to the Boston Celtics stings, and the Jazz is going to have a tough time replacing his versatile creation. A dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can not possibly fill the void, and also the small-forward depth chart looks a bit more uninspiring with Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson leading the charge.
However, Rudy Gobert remains patrolling Salt Lake City, ready to show to the planet 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 amazing finishing ability across the rim makes him immensely 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 dropped by 11.3 with no Gobert. After the”Stifle Tower” suited up sans his now-departed teammate, Utah still submitted a 5.5 net rating, per nbawowy. In the opposite situation, the internet rating stood at minus-6.9.
Utah will probably be worse this season. That much is apparent.
But they are not falling below .500. Frankly, they shouldn’t even be especially close to that mark.
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