Vegas Over/Under: 37.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
The Memphis Grizzlies are baffling.
For many years, they have 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 drama became synonymous with those Beale Street residents.
But what happens today?
Zach Randolph and vince Carter have departed to the Sacramento Kings. Tony Allen and JaMychal Green remain free agents, and there is no telling if they will return to their old stomping grounds for 2017-18. The roster feels more lethargic than it has in prior decades.
And yet, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still present. So long as the group’s two greatest players remain in precisely the same uniform, they will be undeniably competitive on both ends of the floor. Each deserves to be in the All-Star mix season in and year out, and they’ve taken over because the Grizzlies’ authentic leaders.
Is that enough? Can Memphis supplement both celebrities’ efforts using a Chandler Parsons?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling completely out of the playoff conversation would be absurd, no matter where they wind up in the Western hierarchy. However, the odds seem this time around.
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