Bet 'Under' for Utah Jazz NBA Picks Season Win Total

David Lawrence

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:34 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 7:34 PM UTC

The Utah Jazz have a retooled team with a new coach & its possible they go over the set NBA betting odds for total wins this upcoming season. Find out if this handicapper thinks they are good enough to get over 30 wins. 

2014-15 Regular Season Total: 25.5

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Why The Jazz Will Go Over the Number
The Jazz could go over the number if their rookies blossom. This is a team with a ton of talent, but it’s extremely young talent without any real experience, under the watch of an entirely new coach. The worry is that the players on the team will be overwhelmed by the speed and pace of the NBA game, and that’s very possible, but there’s so much skill on this team that it might be able to move up the board in the Western Conference, as tough as the conference actually is.

The Jazz are very optimistic about what they have on their roster this year. Draft picks Dante Exum and Rodney Hood give Utah so much quickness and agility in the open court. This is a team that will bring in these rookies with Trey Burke, who has the potential to be a star in the NBA in about three years’ time. The Jazz will have young legs to throw at opponents. If the team starts slowly in November and December, it could very easily thrive in January and February when a lot of other teams are wearing down. The Jazz have also retained Gordon Hayward, a player they devoted a lot of money to securing after it was possible that the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to walk away with him. Utah has stockpiled a lot of young dynamos, and with veteran dead weight such as Richard Jefferson gone, this team could be a lot leaner and more efficient in the season to come.


Why The Jazz Will Stay Under the Number
Why could the Jazz fail to win as many as 26 games and stay under the number listed on NBA odds? It’s nothing you haven’t read above. Very young teams with extremely new players could fail to put everything together. This could simply be a season in which every game is on-the-job training for this roster, not to mention its coach. That’s another part of this situation bettors have to be worried about. Quin Snyder was a failed coach at Missouri who had one really good season (2002) but failed to do anything consistently well at the school. He has learned and studied the game and has built up a reputation as being the kind of new-age coach who buys into more three-point shots and other things that statistical analysts advocate these days. Having the right approach means little, though, if actual in-game skills and an ability to manage players are missing from the table. This team’s future might be great, but that promising horizon could come at the expense of a very difficult 2014-2015 season. That might be the harsh truth about the short term for Utah as an organization.

This team isn’t ready. The coach will learn about his players. It could work out in 2016, but not 2015. Go under with your NBA picks.

Free NBA Pick: Under 25.5 at Pinnacle

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