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 posted the league’s best offensive rating (113.3). And though they were unusually porous (league-worst 111.9 defensive evaluation ), they nevertheless outscored their foes and claimed themselves as a legitimate danger to make the playoffs.
Now, they’re better–with a lot.
Paul Millsap is a perfect match alongside Jokic, gracing the Nuggets along with his defensive acumen and versatile offensive play. He gives the Mile High City a second top-25 player, and his presence instantly creates one of the NBA’s most reckless frontcourt pairings.
How will opponents handle passing coming from so many distinct locations in 2017-18? How can they counteract the offensive excellence every time a legitimate defensive stalwart is creating Jokic’s life easier?
And 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 continue 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 failed to combine their many resources. But this really is a deep team overflowing with talent at many different positions.