Vegas Over/Under: 40.5

Fromal’s Record Projection: 44-38 The Bet: Hammer the over The Utah Jazz went 51-31 final season. So how in the world are they expected to win only seven fewer games after losing their best player? Well, the solution is simple: They didn’t really lose their best player. Gordon Hayward’s death to the Boston Celtics stings, and the Jazz will have a difficult time replacing his versatile creation. Even a dynamite rookie season from Donovan Mitchell can’t possibly fill the void, and the small-forward thickness chart looks a little more uninspiring with Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson leading the charge. However, Rudy Gobert is still patrolling Salt Lake City, ready to prove to the world he’s indisputably among the NBA’s 20 best players. Whereas Hayward completed Nos. 29 and 24, respectively, in ESPN.com’s RPM and NBA Math’s TPA, Gobert sat at Nos. 8 and 12 last season. He’s arguably the league’s best defensive player, and his incredible finishing ability around the rim makes him exceptionally precious on the offensive end. There is also the 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 posted a 5.5 net rating, per nbawowy. In the reverse situation, the net rating stood at minus-6.9. Utah will probably be worse this year. That much is apparent. But they’re not falling below .500. Frankly, they shouldn’t even be particularly close to this mark. Read more: sharednewspaper.com