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2022-2023 NBA Season Preview

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Another basketball season has arrived and is sure to provide us with plenty of intrigue from developing stars while letting us examine all the potential suitors for the crown. The East won a few more games than the West last season but the conferences are fairly even, with a strong batch of contenders coming from each side. The number of non-contending teams that will do their best to lose games may be at a high level this year, but it will be a very engrossing year with so many teams looking to challenge Golden State.

*FanDuel Sportsbook

2021-2022 Record2022-2023 Projected Wins*

Atlanta Hawks

43-39

45.5

Boston Celtics

51-31

53.5

Brooklyn Nets

44-38

51.5

Charlotte Hornets

43-39

34.5

Chicago Bulls

46-36

41.5

Cleveland Cavaliers

44-38

47.5

Dallas Mavericks

52-30

48.5

Denver Nuggets

48-34

51.5

Detroit Pistons

23-59

29.5

Golden State Warriors

53-29

52.5

Houston Rockets

20-62

23.5

Indiana Pacers

25-57

23.5

Los Angeles Clippers

42-40

52.5

Los Angeles Lakers

33-49

44.5

Memphis Grizzlies

56-26

48.5

Miami Heat

53-29

49.5

Milwaukee Bucks

51-31

52.5

Minnesota Timberwolves

46-36

48.5

New Orleans Pelicans

36-46

45.5

New York Knicks

37-45

38.5

Oklahoma City Thunder

24-48

22.5

Orlando Magic

22-60

27.5

Philadelphia 76ers

51-31

50.5

Phoenix Suns

64-18

52.5

Portland Trail Blazers

27-55

39.5

Sacramento Kings

30-52

33.5

San Antonio Spurs

34-48

22.5

Toronto Raptors

48-34

46.5

Utah Jazz

49-33

23.5

Washington Wizards

35-47

35.5

Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey

Philadelphia 76ers 50.5

Philly is primed for the peak atop the East with Harden and Embiid set to dominate together for a full campaign. Doc Rivers has acquired a vital defensive player to help them advance in the playoffs in P.J. Tucker while further stacking their bench with the signings of De’Anthony Melton and Montrezl Harrell. Upon their inevitable maturation Tyrese Maxey, Furkan Korkmaz and Matisse Thybulle provide the team with an additional toasted exterior, giving Doc extra layers to work with aside from their top two ingredients. Tobias Harris remains an unsung hero with his buttery offensive capability and will look to recapture a higher efficiency from deep playing off of Harden the whole year. Georges Niang returns to offer more of his signature three-point shooting, allowing Doc to feature him on several different sub menus. If Embiid continues to fire at an MVP level then the team should be in position for extra home cooked meals come playoff time, especially with a motivated James Harden capable of stirring the pot himself. OVER 55-27

Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday

Milwaukee Bucks 52.5

Giannis Antetokounmpo is just getting started, so to the few that still doubt his greatness, just stay tuned. Giannis is coming off of a career year with free-throw attempts and with renewed confidence there it just makes it that much harder to beat him. The Bucks have had plenty of experience with this core, both with battling at championship levels as well as adjusting to playing short-handed; which will come in handy this year starting without Khris Middleton. Jrue Holiday remains the apex two-way point guard in the league and together with Giannis has formed one of the most dynamic duos in the history of the NBA. The defensive capability exists and is anchored by a front-line with Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis and Serge Ibaka; while an expected offensive development from Jodan Nwora & Grayson Allen should help ease the scoring burden on Giannis. The regular season win total and overall seed shouldn’t be of vital importance to this proven winner, but that doesn’t mean they won’t obliterate the rest of the league to get to the top of the standings. OVER 53-29

Darius Garland

Darius Garland

Cleveland Cavaliers 47.5

Despite already being one of the more exciting young teams last regular-season, they went out and won the off-season as well landing Donovan Mitchell in a blockbuster deal. Pairing Mitchell with Darius Garland arguably gives them the top offensive back-court in the league with both being capable of averaging 20 plus a night while providing plenty of playmaking off-the-dribble. Garland has an amazing feel for the game and should continue to strive towards greatness with the trust of his coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen instantly became one of the leagues stronger defensive pairings and if they can cover for their back-court again, then the hype will be tough to contain in Cleveland. Caris LeVert is a tantalizing talent that has an opportunity to produce again this season while splitting time with the defensive minded Isaac Okoro. The bench is fairly strong with veterans Kevin Love & Robin Lopez up front and when the maestro Ricky Rubio returns from his injury it gives them one of the better rosters leaguewide. OVER 50-32

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

Boston Celtics 53.5

After riding their versatile wings all the way to the finals, they should be equipped for long-term success by realigning with their championship level defense again. Robert Williams being hurt limits what they can do defensively to start the season but he should provide them the necessary lift come playoff time. Al Horford occasionally crashes-and-burns but still finds a way to provide those stellar shooting nights and combined with Blake Griffin bring a vast amount of experience. Marcus Smart is a vital engine for the squad and with Malcom Brogdon coming aboard there will be many different pilots orchestrating the offense this season. Derrick White and Grant Williams showed their value in the playoffs for them providing steady north-south play but coach Mazullo will also have to get other production from his bench in order to navigate the rocky regular season. The twin jet powers of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will continue to control the tempo for Boston and their sights are set on the great beyond. UNDER 49-33

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets 51.5

Calamites absorbed by the franchise of late have the team oddly well positioned as a sleeping giant out East. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are players that you can’t blink around because it’ll be too late already, so discounting Brooklyn for non-basketball reasons is a mistake. Steve Nash will get to experience Ben Simmons following his cryo-freeze season, which should silence some of the vitriol that has increasingly bubbled over in his direction. Joe Harris returns from his bed rest season, which will bring them another steady dose of Offense-All PM(player movement) for Nash to prescribe. Patty Mills, Seth Curry, and Cam Thomas provide plenty of room to stretch out while on the floor and once T.J. Warren’s, two year plus, basketball coma finally ends he could offer them some important bench buckets. Royce O’Neale and Markieff Morris could find themselves with big roles defensively along with the developing Nicolas Claxton, combining for a dreamy amount of length together with two defensive-player-of-the-year candidates Ben Simmons & KD. UNDER 48-34

Scottie Barnes

Scottie Barnes

Toronto Raptors 46.5

The Raptors’ starters are the closest representation to a video-game with their speed, length, ability to log heavy-minutes and deliver countless amazing shots led by Fred VanVleet. Pascal Siakam is their do-it-all player that can battle with the oppositions’ big-men while leading fast-break strikes on the other end. Rookie-of-the-year Scottie Barnes fit right in and together with O.G. Anunoby form one of the best forward co-ops in the league with their combination of shot-making and athleticism. Gary Trent Jr. helps out defensively while also hitting clutch buckets for them, often stealing momentum. Precious Achiuwa acclimated well with the team and Chris Boucher has his seen moments of valor as well, giving Nick Nurse some bodies to relieve Pascal in the trenches. Thaddeus Young plays a vital veteran support role and together with Otto Porter could give Nurse the confidence to lean more on the whole squad this season. OVER 47-35

Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo

Miami Heat 49.5

Uncomfortably familiar with the underdog role, this Jimmy Butler led group has proven they aren’t to be trifled with come playoff-time after they were just one win away from their second trip to the finals in the last three seasons. Bam Adebayo possesses an innate talent to defend multiple positions while also being vital in the offensive play-making, but if he's able to shake away any doubts about his shot-making-ability then Miami could surprise people yet again. Kyle Lowry has a fresh year to better assimilate himself with the group and together with the emerging Gabe Vincent deserve a closer inspection defensively despite their diminutive status amongst their court peers. Victor Oladipo had a nice comeback season and now has the potential to be a meaningful contributor during the regular season, especially if guys like Butler have to miss any time. The roster is full of players that could pop given the opportunity like presumed starter Caleb Martin becoming a huge part of guarding their home turf this season. UNDER 47-35

Trae Young

Trae Young

Atlanta Hawks 45.5

Experimenting with some new elements next to Trae should yield very interesting results, especially with Dejounte Murray now in the mix. They retain their solid center concoction of Clint Capela and Onyeka Okongwu which will be a great foundation for a defensively capable roster. Justin Holiday can come in and deliver a solid, “3 &D,” formula for the club and the hopes are that De’Andre Hunter can continue the mini eruption he had before many injuries hampered his progression. John Collins is an explosive talent that could really thrive with the additional ball handler around while still contributing on defense with his combustible energy. The bench is thinner but Aaron Holiday can still be a solid backup point guard and when Bogdan Bogdanovic gets healthy, they will have greater offensive yields. OVER 46-36

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan

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Chicago Bulls 41.5

The Bulls come into the year missing Lonzo Ball, the heart of their operation, but the journey to Oz must commence with his return uncertain. The established stars should help guide them on the road, but with big roles set for emerging talents Ayo Dosunmu and Patrick Williams, the destination towards the playoffs feels wrought with peril. Zach LaVine’s career arrow continues to point up and with DeMar DeRozan, a constant improver himself, the pair is certainly strong enough to guide this crew past their wicked eastern foes. Nikola Vucevic makes their offense very versatile and with Andre Drummond to spell him there could be lineups with scary defensive potential. Coby White’s confidence scoring off the bench will be needed as well as the tone setting presence from Alex Caruso’s bold style of defense. OVER 42--40

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

New York Knicks 38.5

New York is due for a resurgent season and with so many players eager to prove something, the post-season tickets might get punched again at Madison Square Garden. Jalen Brunson got out of Luka’s shadow but now has the pressure of the whole city clamoring for a turn-around. Julius Randle is due for a bounce-back season as well as Cam Redidish, who's still looking to find his footing as a Knick. Evan Fournier is a highly maligned player with the fans but is capable of surging white hot at any minute to help out the vastly improved RJ Barrett. Derick Rose remains an important sixth man for them but Coach Thibideau needs to also trust the play of Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin, two electric talents that showcased their skills during the waning parts of last season. The front-line of Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein should be able to hold things down good enough for them to vault their way up in the standings. OVER 39-43

Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis

Washington Wizards 35.5

Opportunity knocks again in D.C. with the return of Bradley Beal, who’s capable of carrying them back into the post-season. Kristaps Porzingis took full advantage of his usage down the stretch with great statistics and together with Kyle Kuzma made great first impressions with the club. A few perennial back-up point guards, Monte Morris and Delon Wright, get to share minutes and compete for a starting spot, although neither threaten Beal for the lead ball handler role. Rui Hachimura had a forgettable season, after progressing nicely before, and could have a good chance to regain his rhythm starting fresh this year. Will Barton is another new addition who will push Corey Kispert and Deni Avdija for minutes while Daniel Gafford is a lock-down center that can provide solid play when given the opportunity. The mesh between Beal and the new roster additions will be important because the potential is there for the Wizards to regain their footing in the league. OVER 39-43

Cade Cunningham

Cade Cunningham

Detroit Pistons 29.5

The Cade Cunningham era in Detroit has already restored the image of the team with the way that his play elevated his teammates out of the gate. Jaden Ivey gets the luxury of playing with Cade in his first season, which should accelerate both players development, as the organization looks to build around the pair. Isaiah Stewart made headlines for being a bloody mess last season, but he has a budding offensive game and together with Nerlens Noel should lock down the paint. Saddiq Bey made another leap forward in year two and should only become more comfortable managing his microwave touch with Cade & Jaden spotting him on the perimeter. Bojan Bogdanovic seemingly has escaped Utah for a team that is close to competing now with their blossoming young core. Coach Casey has a veteran backcourt off his bench with Cory Joseph and Alec Burks as well as younger guys with upside like Hamidou Diallo and Killian Hayes giving the team multiple ways to win more games than people think. OVER 31-51

PJ Washington

PJ Washington

Charlotte Hornets 34.5

LaMelo hasn’t failed to impress in his two years, and although the team's fallen short there are plenty of things to look forward to on the Ball front. Starting the season hurt brings forward the conspiracies that the Hornets want the number one pick this upcoming draft, but LaMelo will likely still be putting up all-star numbers for the squad. Terry Rozier remains an instant offense type of dude that will carry an extra big load with LaMelo ailing. Gordon Hayward and Kelly Oubre Jr. will each hunt a bump in their statistics with a greater opportunity for minutes available. P.J. Washington will be an important piece in utilizing their small lineups and needs to be ready to shoot first, then ask questions later. The start to the season could dictate a lot, but with capable offensive guys around it will be on the defense to keep them from hitting bottom. UNDER 30-52

Tyrese Haliburton

Tyrese Haliburton

Indiana Pacers 23.5

A drastically different squad from a year ago, Indiana, with trade rumors swirling around Myles Turner and Buddy Hield, could look completely unrecognizable this time next season too. Tyrese Haliburton is their prized possession that should thrive despite the down year with his phenomenal play-making and smooth handle. Isaiah Jackson headlines the excitement train of their young forwards with his fantasy friendly game full of blocks and steals but Jalen Smith & Oshae Brissett have also produced when given minutes too. Between Chris Duarte, Bennedict Mathurin, or Aaron Nesmith there will be opportunities to showcase themselves alongside T.J. McConnell, an excellent source of bench assists. Daniel Theis and Goga Bitadze are there for depth behind Turner, giving Rick Carlise the task of burying somebody until a deal is potentially made. OVER 24-58

Franz Wagner

Franz Wagner

Orlando Magic 27.5

Orlando has pivoted themselves into a nice young roster to surround Paolo Banchero with, and the potential for a strong season is there. Franz Wagner had a fantastic rookie year by offering a nice all-around game to accompany the breakouts of Wendell Carter Jr. and Cole Anthony. Jalen Suggs had a decent first campaign and if Markelle Fultz is able to shake off his rust, then the back-court could be strong. Jonathan Isaac has teased his return for a bit, but this might actually be the year we see it, and now the team has crazy length potential to bust out with Mo Bamba and Bol Bol. The Magic competed hard last season, and if Paolo can be that go-to-guy then they will have better luck closing games this year. UNDER 20-62

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Phoenix Suns 52.5

Their recent experience has turned them into technicians of the regular season, so the challenge will be staying engaged all year. Chris Paul is still able to carve up opposing defenses and has fit nicely operating next to the mid-range surgeon, Devin Booker. Mikal Bridges continues to inch along with his offensive improvement while providing the team with the crucial tools for playoff survival defensively. Deandre Ayton and Bismack Biyombo give them advantages in the post, while Dario Saric could, “scrub-in,” to play some small-ball-five at times too. Cameron Johnson has earned a residency in the starting lineup, ensuring he’ll be loading up on plenty of treys while trying not to become a defensive cadaver. They don’t illicit fear in other teams come playoff time, but that shouldn’t hold them back from another big season out West. OVER 56-26

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors 52.5

The Warriors just won the championship, but it feels like they have a lot they still want to prove. Klay Thompson wants to show he can reach that next gear this season while Jordan Poole will want to build off the momentum of his recent stellar contract-worthy play. Draymond still has to worry about his next contract and the mumblings about him slipping, but he’s not worried about any, “bad teammate,” criticism coming his direction. Jonathan Kuminga should earn plenty of minutes and newcomer Donte DiVincenzo will have to battle for time as well. James Wiseman is itching to prove anything at this point, so the number of hungry mouths that Steve Kerr will have to worry about are numerous. Andrew Wiggins ascended on the biggest stage with his strong rebounding and on this team is a, “slept-on bucket,” thanks to Stephen Curry. OVER 53-29

Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic

Denver Nuggets 51.5

Nikola Jokic welcomes back his most tenured teammates Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray, turning Denver into everyone's worst nightmare out West. In addition to the welcome back wagon being rolled out they also set out to recruit a few key faces in Bruce Brown and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Aaron Gordon unlocks another level for them in the playoffs with his length and Bones Hyland revealed his super-talents at times for them as a rookie, adding to their explosiveness. Ish Smith is a basketball chameleon and will likely have no issues impacting his lucky-thirteenth different team. Zeke Nnaji could end up finding some bigger minutes this season and with DeAndre Jordan off the bench the team will have a good mentor for their long journey they plan to take. OVER 53-29

Paul George & Kawhi Leonard

Paul George & Kawhi Leonard

Los Angeles Clippers 52.5

The Clippers fused Championship DNA because of their chemistry they formed while navigating through the playoffs the past few seasons while possessing a generational talent in Kawhi Leonard. Paul George is the premiere number two in the league with his ability to take over games with his defensive magnitude that ripples amongst his teammates. Ty Lue has a lot of weapons, both defensive and offensive, meaning playing time during the regular season could get dicey for a few; however, sacrifices for a pursuit of a championship are necessary. John Wall can make an impact and will likely be used sparingly to preserve his value, while Reggie Jackson remains familiar with procedures. Norman Powell can put up plenty of points off the bench and Robert Covington is another ace-up-their-sleeve. Their established players still around form a very strong support unit for their stars, and the sky is the limit come playoff time because of that cohesion. UNDER 52-30


Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks 48.5

Luka’s supporting cast will be scrutinized indefinitely, with Doncic already reaching a conference-finals in just his fourth season. Christian Wood is his latest high-profile teammate coming aboard to work towards a goal of getting Luka a ring. Wood, as well as newcomer JaVale McGee, joins Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber on a front line to offer a mix of scoring and rim protecting. Tim Hardaway Jr. had to miss their latest playoff-run, but he was litmus-tested against the Clippers in round-one before, and came back red-hot. Spencer Dinwiddie had big moments under the post-season microscope last playoffs and should be a big source of the second unit’s production this season. The rangy pair of Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith give their defense added security while keeping their offense balanced with strong shooting. Jason Kidd found playoff success in his first season and will strive to find a winning formula with this new group. OVER 50-32

Ja Morant

Ja Morant

Memphis Grizzlies 48.5

Projected for a slide in the standings, their two most-improved-players, Ja Morant and Desmond Bane, have their slip-resistant shoes ready to hold this group together. Jaren Jackson Jr. starting hurt could initially be a blow to their seeding, but it will allow guys like Santi Aldama and Brandon Clarke more time to stick on the court. Dillon Brook provides tough two-way play and together with Danny Green give them some new defensive versatility. Tyus Jones remains a sure-grip back-up for Ja, as the team often doesn’t miss a beat when he’s in the game. They will be hard-pressed to win fifty-six games again, but Ja is capable of repeating that feat even within the bolstered up Western conference. OVER 49-33

CJ McCollum

CJ McCollum

New Orleans Pelicans 45.5

The Pelicans have done a good job of utilizing every single roster spot in an effort to seize some momentum within their Zion window. Their offense is potent with C.J. McCollum, Brandon Ingram, and Jonas Valanciunas starting alongside Zion but Coach Green has many playable defensive pieces as well. Herbert Jones demonstrated excellent coverage as a rookie along with Jose Alvarado and teaming up with Jaxson Hayes, Larry Nance Jr. and Naji Marshall can help plug many defensive leaks. Zion's last time playing he was ascending rapidly, so together with Ingram will make for a must-see duo as they look to crack into the party out west again. UNDER 44-38

Anfernee Simons

Anfernee Simons

Portland Trail Blazers 39.5

Damian Lillard returning from his season of injury to discounted expectations of what the team can do is familiar territory, in which he thrives. Anfernee Simons responded with his best Lillard impression while given the opportunity, and he’ll look to buck the notion of two small guards in Portland being a liability. Josh Hart was a valuable addition that together with Jerami Grant extend the potential life of this club with their versatility defensively. Jusuf Nurkic has a diverse skillset that untapped a career high rebounding average last season and has become accustomed to playing with Lillard. Chauncey Billups got to experience the lows of the coaching industry right out of the gates, but the elements are there for a resurgent year for him. OVER 42-40

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Minnesota Timberwolves 48.5

The question of fit will be a popular discussion in Minnesota with the dual big man approach of Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert. Anthony Edwards had a very encouraging second season that spilled over into the playoffs, forcing the question if he's the possible lead guy going forward. Towns remains one of the best shooting big men around and the way that he accepts Edwards ascension and adjusts to his new role next to Gobert will be the success indicator for the budding group. D’Angelo Russell had a career year passing the ball but will have to feature a few new teammates with Kyle Anderson set to occupy a larger role as well. The West got better and the question of whether the Wolves did will be answered soon enough. UNDER 43-39

Antthony Davis

Antthony Davis

Los Angeles Lakers 44.5

Luckily the Lakers play in the land of make believe and in their world they can, and will, return to prominence this season. LeBron James missed the playoffs once before for this franchise but responded by going all the way the next year and if his partner from those days, Anthony Davis, returns with a vengeful season, then it is possible. The biggest challenge for them will be the regular season and staying afloat in a bloated conference. Chemistry is still an issue but the regular season is long enough for them to figure it out if given good health, and with Kendrick Nunn and Lonnie Walker IV ready to score some points for them this season, things could go better for them. Russell Westbrook continues to get slaughtered by media and fans at every perceived slight, and if the Lakers look bad again this year, his name will be the one to get dragged repeatedly. UNDER 42-40

Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes

Sacramento Kings 33.5

Overcoming the hopelessness in Sacramento could take some time, but this season could start to move the needle in that direction with a full season of Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox. Keegan Murray himself is plenty of reason to be optimistic for the Kings future and last year’s pick Davion Mitchell showed his potential early on. Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk will look to impress their new teammates and Terence Davis had brilliant moments himself, giving them good guard depth again. Harrison Barnes is a professional role model for Murray to look to, but also still has a significant amount of game left to help drag this team to the playoffs. OVER 40-42

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Oklahoma City Thunder 22.5

After the loss of their number-two overall pick, Chet Holmgren, the only question is whether that makes it easier to tank this season. It certainly is getting hard to lose games at their accustomed pace with all the guys they have to rest; especially with their new back-court mates Josh Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander playing too much winning basketball. Tre Mann only saw limited playing time last season but still got the point across that he translates to the NBA level. Lu Dort has been a fun story to track with his hustle gaining quite a bit of show the last few campaigns. Between Darius Bazley and Aleksej Pokusevski there is a lot of talent to unearth still, but the Thunder have shown the willingness to patiently wait it out. A fresh batch of rookies could flash with some productive pre-season's out of Jalen Williams and Jaylin Williams, giving them more tanking weapons. OVER 24-58

Jalen Green

Jalen Green

Houston Rockets 23.5

A fresh buzz of excitement fills the air in Houston with a predominantly college aged team here, but despite their age many have had their share of basketball experience. Jalen Green ended up finding his way around the campus court last year finishing with a flurry and the stage is now set for his encore performance. Alperen Sengun impressed when he was starting games, and together with the flashy rookie Jabari Smith make their front-court one to study this year. Kevin Porter Jr. can score when he wants but his facilitating is what will make this team click. Tari Eason also has impressed in the pre-season so coach Silas will have to figure out ways to prioritze the youth movement in the H. UNDER 22-60

Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson

San Antonio Spurs 22.5

The Spurs find themselves in a sweet spot where they want to gracefully tank while still getting solid evaluations from their young talent. Keldon Johnson will aim to remain efficient while likely seeing an increase in his load. Tre Jones gets a golden opportunity to run with the point guard spot after thriving in his starts last season. Devin Vassell could be the one to watch for a mini-breakout as there were signs of it coming on down the stretch. Jakob Poeltl has immense value defensively and if Zach Collins can stay healthy, he could finally flash some of the potential that made him a lottery pick in 2017. Jeremy Sochan and Joshua Primo will likely have the season to prove their merits and with Pop still coaching everyone should benefit from their year in the spotlight, even if they lose a ton of games in the process. UNDER 21-61

Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton

Utah Jazz 23.5

Utah officially cleared house, and with several question marks about who’s going to lead this team in shots it could result in an offensive cluster. Collin Sexton has experience scoring over 20 ppg but Jordan Clarkson and Malik Beasley are capable scorers too. Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Talen Horton-Tucker will both be jockeying for a break-out year with an open opportunity ahead, adding a few more cooks to worry about in the kitchen. Lauri Markkanen has experience playing the small forward which could prevent stepping on the toes of Jarred Vanderbilt and Kelly Olynyk on the front-line. The outlook for the Jazz is uncertain with Mike Conley & Rudy Gay potentially being dangled to contenders as well as the organization's likely prioritization for losing as many games as possible. UNDER 19-63

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