Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 26-56 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
The Phoenix Suns are oozing with potential, making this a terrifying bet. Even if you can reasonably expect the group to complete with no more than 28 wins (and you can), you don’t want to get captured by a breakout from 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 true of Booker, who has a long way to go about the defensive end before he could have the value of a top-50 contributor, however many points he may have the ability to score in a single farcical game. And yes, when you’re fouling to create extra possessions and pump up the score during a contest where the margin wasn’t particularly close, it qualifies as farcical. Fun and undeniably impressive, much like Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point outburst, but farcical.
Together, but the Suns’ capacity to transcend expectations is frightful. Marginal improvement across the board could create our win projection laughably low, irrespective of how hard it may be to compete in the Western Conference.
Over just isn’t the bet. The smart play stays expecting only a few added wins upon last year’s mark (24-58) as the young men get their feet wet and the group likely explores the transaction market for Eric Bledsoe.
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