Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
If any over/under mark seems on the money, it is the one. But we will still lean ever so slightly toward the under, chiefly for reasons clarified by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton since he chased the Western Conference bottom-feeders to win just 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 assault by RPM. Even though this isn’t part of the projection, few teams will have more incentive to boost their draft selection, as Sacramento won’t possess its first-rounder in 2019 because of commerce.”
That incentive to tank is large, and it might not even be as impactful as the possible loss of Randolph. Explaining a scenario that could soon use 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 probably be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the prosecution distribution of marijuana.”
Losing Randolph would push even more minutes on the Kings’ ever-expanding assortment of inexperienced gamers. And that is the subject of this roster, as management has done a praiseworthy job of establishing their coffers after the passing of DeMarcus Cousins.
That strategy will not turn into many wins yet.
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