Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: Avoid but lean under
It’s the 1 if any over/under mark looks right about the money. But we will still lean ever so slightly toward the below, largely for reasons explained by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton since he forecasted the Western Conference 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 part of the projection, few teams will have more incentive to improve their draft selection, as Sacramento will not have its first-rounder in 2019 because of trade.”
That incentive to tank is large, and it may not even be as impactful as the possible loss of Randolph. Explaining a situation that may soon apply to the veteran power forward, Ronald Tillery wrote for The Commerical Appeal:”The league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association says a player is going to probably be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA when he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana”
Losing Randolph would thrust moments upon the Kings’ assortment of youthful, inexperienced gamers. And that is the subject of this roster, as management has done a praiseworthy job of establishing their coffers following the departure of DeMarcus Cousins.
That approach won’t turn into wins.
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