Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
The Brooklyn Nets could be unbelievably capable using a healthful Jeremy Lin, an improved D’Angelo Russell and fresh wings appearing in the forms of Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll.
Should everyone jell instantly, they could even surprise that the basketball-watching world and break beyond the 30-win barrier, which explains why you need to avoid this wager at all costs.
Wagering on groups with upside is inherently problematic because youth is frequently so unpredictable.
The Nets are not deep. Jarrett Allen figures to play a prominent role during his rookie season. Isaiah Whitehead and Caris LeVert will be thrust into larger assignments if either member of the starting backcourt goes down. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has responsibility.
But upside continues.
The outcome remains floundering away and letting the kids learn while being thrown to the fire. That only means an explosion from a couple of players is not out of the question, and adding marginal victories is a simpler job for bottom-feeders than authentic contenders.
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