Vegas Over/Under: 37.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
The Memphis Grizzlies are baffling.
For years, they have outperformed their inherent metrics because their grit-and-grind style allowed them to win close games more frequently than other squads. That devotion to defensive excellence and physical play became synonymous with these Beale Street residents.
But what happens?
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 than it has in prior years, depleted.
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 undeniably competitive on the two ends of the ground. Each deserves to be in the All-Star combination season in and year out, and they’ve taken over as the Grizzlies’ authentic leaders.
Is that sufficient? Can Memphis supplement both stars’ efforts?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling completely out of the playoff conversation would be absurd, no matter where they wind up at the Western hierarchy. But the chances seem this time around.
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