Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
The Record Projection: 44-38 of fromal The Bet: Under with confidence The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be vastly superior to previous iterations this year.
They could count on inner advancement as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins learn how to fill defensive functions more effectively. They are bringing Jimmy Butler into the fold after engaging in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bulls.
Replacing Ricky Rubio with Jeff Teague is a movement. Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford are in town to supply greater depth, and any generation from Justin Patton–the team’s first-round selection–would be gravy on top.
However, Vegas’ over/under lineup is egregiously high.
Winning 49 games are 18 more victories than the Timberwolves earned while going 31-51. That’s an astronomical jump for a team that just added a single enduring All-Star during the offseason, forfeited an integral contributor in Zach LaVine and can be incorporating a new starting point guard.
Internal advancement can only do this much, and Minnesota will be handling the ill effects of missing roster persistence.
Only 59 teams in NBA history have undergone year-to-year increases of 18 games, so the chances aren’t exactly in Minnesota’s favor. But despite casting the Timberwolves to complete significantly below the over/under line, exercise caution.
A lot of talent is present in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, along with the shooting woes are a bit overblown because a lot of different players are better at spot-up scenarios than off the bounce.
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