Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 44-38 The Bet: Under with confidence The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be vastly superior to previous iterations this year.
They could count on inner improvement as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins learn how to fulfill defensive roles more efficiently. They’re bringing Jimmy Butler into the fold after engaging in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bulls.
Replacing Ricky Rubio with Jeff Teague is a lateral movement. Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford are in town to supply more depth, and some other generation from Justin Patton–the group’s first-round selection–would be gravy on top.
However, Vegas’ over/under lineup is egregiously significant.
Winning 49 games are 18 more successes than the Timberwolves earned while moving 31-51. That’s an astronomical jump for a group that just added a single enduring All-Star during the offseason, forfeited an integral contributor in Zach LaVine and is integrating a fresh starting point guard.
Internal improvement can only do so much, and Minnesota will be handling the ill effects of missing roster persistence.
Only 59 teams in NBA history have undergone year-to-year increases of at least 18 games, so the chances aren’t just in Minnesota’s favor. But despite projecting the Timberwolves to complete beneath the over/under lineup, exercise caution.
A lot of talent is present in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, along with the shooting woes are a bit overblown because so many different players are better in spot-up scenarios than off the bounce.