Vegas Over/Under: 37.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
The Memphis Grizzlies are baffling.
For many years, they have outperformed their inherent metrics because their grit-and-grind style enabled them to win close games more often than other squads. That devotion to defensive excellence and physical drama became synonymous with these Beale Street inhabitants.
However, what happens today?
Zach Randolph and vince Carter have defected into 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 than it has in prior decades, depleted.
And yet, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still present. Provided that the team’s two greatest players remain in precisely the exact same uniform, they’ll be so competitive on the two ends of the ground. Each deserves to be at the All-Star mix season in and year out, and they’ve taken over because the Grizzlies’ authentic leaders.
Is that sufficient? Can Memphis supplement both stars’ efforts with a Chandler Parsons?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling entirely out of the playoff conversation would be absurd, wherever they wind up in the Western hierarchy. However, the odds seem this time around.
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