Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 26-56 of fromal The Bet: Avoid but lean under
The Phoenix Suns are oozing with possible, making this a frightening bet. Even in the event that you can reasonably expect the group to finish with no more than 28 wins (and you can), you do not wish to be captured by a breakout out of Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Josh Jackson, Devin Booker or even T.J. Warren.
Individually, it’s hard to anticipate massive strides from any 1 player.
That is even true of Booker, who has a long way to go about the defensive end before he can have the worth of a top-50 contributor, no matter how many things he may be able to score in a single farcical game. And when you’re fouling to make extra possessions and pump up the score in a competition in which the perimeter wasn’t particularly close, it qualifies as farcical. Fun and undeniably striking, similar to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point outburst, but farcical.
Together, however, the Suns’ ability to exceed expectations is scary. Marginal improvement across the board could create our win projection laughably low, irrespective of how tough it could be to compete in the Western Conference.
Over is not the safe bet. The smart play remains anticipating just a few extra wins upon last year’s mark (24-58) as the young men get their feet wet and the team likely explores the transaction market for Eric Bledsoe.
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