Vegas Over/Under: 45.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48 The Bet: Above with confidence
When Nikola Jokic re-entered the starting lineup on December 15, everything clicked.
From that point forward, the Denver Nuggets posted the league’s best offensive rating (113.3). And though they had been remarkably porous (league-worst 111.9 defensive rating), they still outscored their foes and asserted themselves as a valid danger to make the playoffs.
Paul Millsap is a perfect match 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 reckless frontcourt pairings.
How will opponents handle departure coming from many different places in 2017-18? How can they counteract the offensive excellence every time a legitimate defensive stalwart is making Jokic’s life easier?
Along with the frontcourt is not the sole reason for unmitigated optimism.
Gary Harris enjoys enormous synergy with Jokic and is coming off a breakout year. He must continue 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 combine their many resources. But this is a deep group overflowing with talent in many distinct positions.
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