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 since their grit-and-grind style allowed them to win close games more often than other squads. That devotion to defensive excellence and physical drama became synonymous with these Beale Street inhabitants.
However, what happens?
Zach Randolph and vince Carter have defected to the Sacramento Kings. Tony Allen and JaMychal Green remain free agents, and there is no telling if they will go back to their old stomping grounds for 2017-18. The roster feels more depleted than it has in years.
And yet, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are nonetheless present. So long as the team’s two best players remain in the exact same uniform, they’ll be undeniably competitive on both ends of the floor. Each deserves to be at the All-Star mix year in and year out, and they have taken over as the Grizzlies’ authentic leaders.
Together with the Western Conference enhancing, is that enough? Can Memphis supplement the two stars’ efforts with a healthful Chandler Parsons?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling completely out of the playoff conversation would be absurd, wherever they wind up in the Western hierarchy. But the odds seem far longer this time around.
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