Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: lean although Avoid under
It is the one if any over/under mark seems 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 Convention bottom-feeders to win just 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 a part of the projection, few teams are going to have more incentive to improve their draft selection, as Sacramento won’t 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 scenario that could soon apply to the veteran power forward, Ronald Tillery wrote for The Commerical Appeal:”The team’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association states a participant will 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.”
Moments would be thrust by losing Randolph upon the Kings’ ever-expanding assortment of young, inexperienced gamers. And that’s the subject of the roster, as management has done a praiseworthy job of establishing their coffers after the departure of DeMarcus Cousins.
That approach will not turn into several wins.
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