Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
It’s the 1 if any over/under mark seems right on the money. But we’ll still lean ever so slightly toward the under, chiefly for reasons clarified by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton as he chased the Western Conference bottom-feeders to win just 27.4 matches:
“Despite incorporating veterans Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph as free agents, the Kings are projected as the league’s second-worst offensive attack by RPM. Although this isn’t a part of this projection, few teams will have more incentive to boost their draft pick, as Sacramento will not possess its first-rounder in 2019 due to trade.”
That incentive to tank is large, and it might not even be as impactful as the possible reduction of Randolph. Explaining a scenario that could soon apply to the veteran power forward, Ronald Tillery composed for The Commerical Appeal:”The team’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association says a player is going to be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana.”
Losing Randolph would push moments on the Kings’ ever-expanding assortment of inexperienced gamers. And that is the theme of this roster, as management has done a praiseworthy job of building up their coffers following the departure of DeMarcus Cousins.
That strategy won’t turn into many wins yet.
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