Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
The Record Projection: 36-46 of fromal The Bet: Avoid but lean over
To be quite frank, I'd recommend leaning no matter where the line is put for the Dallas Mavericks. And that is for one simple reason: Rick Carlisle.
The head coach is a genius at milking talent out of the players, routinely turning castoffs and undesirable bits into quality turning members. He has done so year after year, and 2017-18 should be different.
Except it is slightly different. Because while this team may be rebuilding throughout the final few seasons of Dirk Nowitzki's career (assuming the legendary 4 ever chooses to retire), it eventually has distinct talent at quite a few distinct positions.
Dennis Smith Jr., Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Nowitzki makes for a potent starting lineup, and the Mavs can mix and match for Yogi Ferrell and Nerlens Noel around the Ground. That is far more talent and upside down compared to the team owned during the 2016-17 campaign, and it went 33-49.
Full seasons in the frontcourt bits? Barnes using a year of experience in a role under his belt? Smith added for a Rookie of the Year threat to the rotation?
Vegas place the over/under aggressively with this roster, but reasons to think they are sold a bit short still exist.
Read more: newyork-info.com