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 there forward, the Denver Nuggets submitted the league’s best offensive evaluation (113.3). And though they had been unusually porous (league-worst 111.9 defensive rating), they still 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 provides the Mile High City another top-25 participant, and his presence immediately creates one of the NBA’s most reckless frontcourt pairings.
Will opponents manage passing coming from so many distinct locations in 2017-18? How can they counteract the offensive excellence when a legitimate defensive stalwart is creating Jokic’s life easier?
Along with the frontcourt is not the only 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 largely failed to combine their assets. But this is a deep team overflowing with talent at many distinct positions.
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