Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
It is the 1 if any over/under mark seems about the money. But we will still lean ever so slightly toward the below, chiefly for reasons explained by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton since he chased 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. Even though this isn’t part of the projection, few teams are going to have more incentive to boost their draft selection, as Sacramento will not possess its first-rounder in 2019 due to trade.”
That incentive to tank is big, and it might not even be as impactful as the possible loss of Randolph. Explaining a situation that may soon use to the veteran power forward, Ronald Tillery composed for The Commerical Appeal:”The team’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association states a player will 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 distribution of marijuana”
Losing Randolph would thrust on more minutes upon the Kings’ assortment of youthful, inexperienced gamers. And that’s the subject of this roster, as management has done a praiseworthy job of building up their coffers following the passing of DeMarcus Cousins.
That strategy will not turn into several wins yet.
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