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’ve 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 those Beale Street residents.
But what happens now?
Vince Carter and Zach Randolph have departed 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 decades lethargic.
And nonetheless, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still present. Provided that the group’s two best players stay in the same uniform, they will be undeniably competitive on the two ends of the ground. Each deserves to be in the All-Star mix season in and year out, and they’ve taken over as the Grizzlies’ authentic leaders.
Together with the Western Conference enhancing, is that sufficient? Can Memphis supplement the two stars’ efforts using a healthy Chandler Parsons?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling completely out of the playoff dialog would be absurd, wherever they end up at the Western hierarchy. However, the chances seem this time around.
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