Vegas Over/Under: 45.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48 The Bet: Over with confidence
When Nikola Jokic re-entered the starting lineup on December 15, everything clicked.
From that point forward, the Denver Nuggets submitted the league’s best offensive rating (113.3). And though they were 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 next to Jokic, gracing the Nuggets with his defensive acumen and flexible offensive play. He gives the Mile High City a second top-25 participant, and his existence immediately creates one of the NBA’s most dangerous frontcourt pairings.
How will opponents manage passing coming from different locations 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 behind unmitigated optimism.
Gary Harris enjoys enormous synergy with Jokic and is coming off a breakout year. He must keep on emerging as among the Association’s better 2-guards, and he’s joined by yet another high-upside backcourt member in Jamal Murray.
Losing Danilo Gallinari hurts, and the Nuggets failed to combine their many resources. However, this really is a deep group overflowing with talent at many different positions.
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