Vegas Over/Under: 40.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 44-38
The Bet: Hammer the more The Utah Jazz went 51-31 last season. So how on earth are they expected to win only seven fewer games after losing their best player?
Well, the answer is straightforward: They didn’t actually lose their best player.
Gordon Hayward’s departure to the Boston Celtics stings, along with the Jazz will have a tough time replacing his elastic creation. Even a dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can not possibly fill the void, and also the small-forward depth chart looks a little more uninspiring with Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson leading the charge.
However, Rudy Gobert is still patrolling Salt Lake City, prepared to prove to the world he’s 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’s arguably the league’s best baseball player, along with 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 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 evaluation, per nbawowy. In the opposite situation, the net rating stood in minus-6.9.
Utah will be worse this season. 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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