Minnesota TimberwolvesCat:未分類

Vegas Over/Under: 48.5

The Record Projection: 44-38 of fromal The Bet: Under with confidence The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be vastly superior to previous iterations this past year. They could count on inner improvement as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins learn how to fill defensive functions more efficiently. They’re bringing Jimmy Butler to the fold after participating in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bulls. Replacing Ricky Rubio with Jeff Teague is, at worst, a lateral move. Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford are in town to provide greater depth, and any generation from Justin Patton–the team’s first-round choice –would be gravy on top. But Vegas’ over/under line is egregiously high. Winning 49 games would be 18 more victories than the Timberwolves earned while moving 31-51. That is an astronomical leap for a team that only added one enduring All-Star during the offseason, forfeited a key contributor in Zach LaVine and can be integrating a fresh starting point guard. Internal advancement may only do this much, and Minnesota will be dealing with the ill effects of missing roster continuity. Only 59 teams in NBA history have experienced year-to-year increases of at least 18 games, so the chances aren’t exactly in Minnesota’s favor. But despite casting the over/under lineup to be finished beneath by the Timberwolves, exercise caution. A good deal of talent is within the Land of 10,000 Lakes, along with the shooting woes are a bit overblown because so many distinct players are better at spot-up scenarios than off the rebound. Read more: nroda.org

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