Vegas Over/Under: 37.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: Avoid but lean under
The Memphis Grizzlies are baffling.
For many years, they have outperformed their underlying metrics because their grit-and-grind style enabled them to win close games more frequently than other squads. That commitment to defensive excellence and physical drama became synonymous with these Beale Street residents.
But what happens today?
Zach Randolph and vince Carter have defected to the Sacramento Kings. Tony Allen and JaMychal Green stay free agents, and there’s no telling whether they will go back to their old stomping grounds for 2017-18. The roster feels more than it has in years lethargic.
And nonetheless, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still present. Provided that the group’s two greatest players remain in precisely the exact same uniform, they will be so competitive on the two ends of the floor. Each deserves to be at the All-Star combination year in and year out, and they’ve taken over as the Grizzlies’ true leaders.
With the Western Conference enhancing, is that enough? Can Memphis supplement both celebrities’ efforts using a healthy Chandler Parsons?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling completely out of the playoff dialog would be foolish, wherever they wind up in the Western hierarchy. But the chances seem much longer this time around.
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