2. Over/Under: 50 wins for the Nuggets next season.
Henry Abbott, ESPN.com: Over. I know they keep losing people to far-flung places, but the post-Carmelo-trade Nuggets are as enthusiastic a bunch as you'll find anywhere.
Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: Under. I can't believe I'm going to type this, but a George Karl team will greatly miss J.R. Smith. We don't know what the Nuggets will do in this flash-mob offseason, but they still don't have a go-to scorer at the end of games. Two of their best wing players, J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler, will be stuck in China. They'll end up with a win total in the mid-to-high 40s, but that sounds like the ceiling to me.
Nick Smith, Salt City Hoops: Under, especially if they don't re-sign Nene and half the team is stuck playing in China. Denver hit the jackpot by getting Kenneth Faried late in the draft, but Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos are not about to fill the shoes of Nene. If those key players are gone, Denver just won't have the talent for 50 wins.
Jeremy Wagner, Roundball Mining Company: Under. The key to Denver's late-season success was its depth. The Nuggets already lost Smith and Chandler to the Chinese league (from which they cannot return until the end of the Chinese season), Kenyon Martin might have played his last game as a Nugget, and there is no guarantee that Nene will be back, either.
Royce Young, Daily Thunder: Under. It hasn't helped that two of last season's rotation players won't be back, as they've taken their talents to China, at least until March. Then, of course, there's the issue of getting Nene re-signed. Aside from all that, the remade roster after the Carmelo trade overachieved for two months. I don't see how they can sustain that performance for 82 games (or 50 or whatever).
As a Rockets fan, it may be a good thing?