Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
It is the one, if any over/under mark looks right on the money. But we’ll still lean ever so slightly toward the below, chiefly for reasons explained by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton since he chased the Western Convention bottom-feeders to win only 27.4 games:
“Despite incorporating veterans Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph as free agents, the Kings are projected since the league’s second-worst offensive attack by RPM. Although this isn’t a part of the projection, few teams will have more incentive to boost their draft pick, as Sacramento will not possess its first-rounder in 2019 due to trade.”
That incentive to tank is large, and it may not even be as impactful as the potential reduction of Randolph. Explaining a situation that may soon apply to the veteran power forward, Ronald Tillery composed for The Commerical Appeal:”The league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association says a participant is going to be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA when he’s convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony supply of marijuana.”
Minutes would be push by losing Randolph on the Kings’ ever-expanding collection of young, inexperienced players. And that’s the theme of the roster, as management has done a praiseworthy job of establishing their coffers after the departure of DeMarcus Cousins.
That approach simply will not turn into wins yet.
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