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 matches after losing their best player?
Well, the solution is simple: They did not really lose their best player.
Gordon Hayward’s departure to the Boston Celtics stings, and the Jazz will have a difficult time replacing his versatile production. Even a dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can not possibly fill the void, and the small-forward thickness chart looks a bit more uninspiring with Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson leading the charge.
However, Rudy Gobert is still patrolling Salt Lake City, ready to show to the world he is 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’s arguably the league’s best baseball player, and his amazing finishing ability across the rim makes him immensely valuable on the offensive end.
There is also the fact that the Jazz’s net rating increased by 5.7 points per 100 possessions without Hayward, but it fell by 11.3 without Gobert. When the”Stifle Tower” suited up sans his now-departed teammate, Utah still submitted a 5.5 net rating, per nbawowy. In the reverse 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 should not even be especially near that mark.
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