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 there 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 still outscored their foes and asserted themselves as a legitimate threat to make the playoffs.
Paul Millsap is the perfect fit alongside Jokic, gracing the Nuggets with his defensive acumen and flexible offensive play. He provides the Mile High City another top-25 player, and his presence instantly creates among the NBA’s most dangerous frontcourt pairings.
How will opponents manage departure coming from different places in 2017-18? How can they counteract the offensive excellence when a legitimate defensive stalwart is creating Jokic’s life simpler?
And the frontcourt is not the only reason behind unmitigated optimism.
Gary Harris enjoys enormous synergy with Jokic and is coming off a breakout season. He should keep on emerging as among 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 consolidate their assets. However, this really is a deep group overflowing with gift at many distinct positions.