Vegas Over/Under: 37.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 37-45 The Bet: Avoid but lean under
The Memphis Grizzlies are baffling.
For years, they’ve outperformed their underlying metrics because their grit-and-grind style allowed them to win close games more often than other squads. That commitment to defensive excellence and physical play became synonymous with these Beale Street residents.
But what happens now?
Zach Randolph and vince Carter have departed to the Sacramento Kings. Tony Allen and JaMychal Green stay free agents, and there is no telling if they will return to their old stomping grounds for 2017-18. The roster feels more than it has in prior decades, depleted.
And nonetheless, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still present. Provided that the group’s two greatest players remain in precisely the same uniform, they’ll be so competitive on both ends of the ground. Each deserves to be at the All-Star combination season in and year out, and they’ve taken over as the Grizzlies’ authentic leaders.
With the Western Conference improving, is that sufficient? Can Memphis supplement the two celebrities’ efforts using a healthful Chandler Parsons?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling completely out of the playoff conversation would be foolish, wherever they end up at the Western hierarchy. But the odds seem this time around.
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