Vegas Over/Under: 37.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 37-45 The Bet: Prevent but lean under
The Memphis Grizzlies are baffling.
For years, they have outperformed their underlying 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 drama became synonymous with these Beale Street residents.
However, what happens?
Zach Randolph and vince Carter have departed to the Sacramento Kings. Tony Allen and JaMychal Green stay free agents, and there is no telling whether they will go back to their old stomping grounds for 2017-18. The roster feels more than it has in previous decades lethargic.
And nonetheless, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still present. Provided that the group’s two best players remain in precisely the exact same uniform, they’ll be so competitive on the two ends of the ground. Each deserves to be in the All-Star combination year in and year out, and they have taken over as the Grizzlies’ authentic leaders.
Is that enough? Can Memphis supplement the two stars’ efforts?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling completely from the playoff dialog would be foolish, wherever they end up in the Western hierarchy. However, the chances seem this time around.
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