Vegas Over/Under: 45.5
The Record Projection: 48 of fromal The Bet: Over with confidence
When Nikola Jokic re-entered the starting lineup on December 15, everything clicked.
From that point forward, the Denver Nuggets submitted the league’s best offensive rating (113.3). And though they had been unusually porous (league-worst 111.9 defensive rating), they nevertheless outscored their foes and claimed themselves as a legitimate threat to make the playoffs.
Paul Millsap is the perfect fit next to Jokic, gracing the Nuggets with his defensive acumen and versatile offensive play. He gives the Mile High City another top-25 participant, and his existence instantly creates among the NBA’s most dangerous frontcourt pairings.
Will opponents handle passing coming from many distinct places in 2017-18? How will they counteract the offensive excellence every time a legitimate defensive stalwart is making Jokic’s life easier?
Along with the frontcourt isn’t the sole reason for unmitigated optimism.
Gary Harris enjoys tremendous synergy with Jokic and is coming off a breakout year. He must keep on emerging as one of the Association’s better 2-guards, and he’s joined by another high-upside backcourt member in Jamal Murray.
Losing Danilo Gallinari hurts, and the Nuggets failed to consolidate their many resources. But this really is a deep group overflowing with talent at many distinct positions.
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