Vegas Over/Under: 40.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 44-38
The Bet: Hammer the over The Utah Jazz went 51-31 last season. So how on earth are they expected to win only seven fewer games after losing their very best player?
Well, the solution is straightforward: They did not actually lose their best player.
Gordon Hayward’s death to the Boston Celtics stings, along with the Jazz will have a tough time replacing his elastic creation. A dynamite rookie year from Donovan Mitchell can not possibly fill the void, and the small-forward depth chart looks a bit more uninspiring with Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson leading the charge.
However, Rudy Gobert remains patrolling Salt Lake City, prepared to prove to the world he’s indisputably among the NBA’s 20 best players.
Whereas Hayward finished Nos. 29 and 24, respectively, in ESPN.com’s RPM and NBA Math’s TPA, Gobert sat at Nos. 8 and 12 final season. He’s arguably the league’s best defensive player, along with his amazing finishing ability across the rim makes him immensely precious about the offensive end.
There is also the simple fact that the Jazz’s net rating dipped by 5.7 points per 100 possessions without Hayward, but it dropped by 11.3 with no Gobert. When the”Stifle Tower” suited up sans his now-departed teammate, Utah still submitted a 5.5 net evaluation, per nbawowy. In the opposite situation, the net rating stood at minus-6.9.
Utah will probably be worse this season. That much is apparent.
But they are not dropping below .500. Frankly, they shouldn’t even be especially near that mark.