Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 26-56 The Bet: Avoid but lean under
The Phoenix Suns are oozing with potential, making this kind of terrifying bet. Even if you’re able to reasonably expect the group to complete with no more than 28 wins (and you can), you do not wish to get caught by a breakout out of Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Josh Jackson, Devin Booker or T.J. Warren.
Individually, it is tough to expect massive strides from any 1 player.
That is true of Booker, with a long way to go about the defensive end before he can have the value of a top-50 contributor, no matter how many things he might be able to score in one farcical game. And when you’re fouling to create additional possessions and pump up the score in a competition where the perimeter wasn’t especially close, it qualifies as farcical. Fun and undeniably impressive, similar to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point outburst, but farcical.
Together, however, the Suns’ ability to transcend expectations is frightful. Marginal improvement across the board could create our triumph projection laughably low, irrespective of how hard it could be to compete at the Western Convention.
Over is not the bet. The wise play remains 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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