Vegas Over/Under: 37.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: Avoid but lean under
The Memphis Grizzlies are baffling.
For years, they have outperformed their underlying metrics since their grit-and-grind style allowed them to win close games more often than other squads. That commitment to defensive excellence and physical drama became synonymous with these Beale Street residents.
However, what happens now?
Zach Randolph and vince Carter have defected to the Sacramento Kings. Tony Allen and JaMychal Green remain 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 years depleted.
And yet, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still present. So long as the group’s two greatest players stay in the exact same uniform, they’ll be undeniably competitive on both ends of the ground. Each deserves to be in the All-Star combination season in and year out, and they have taken over as the Grizzlies’ authentic leaders.
Is that enough? Can Memphis supplement the two celebrities’ efforts?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling entirely out of the playoff conversation would be absurd, no matter where they wind up at the Western hierarchy. However, the odds seem much longer this time around.
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