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 inherent metrics because 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?
Zach Randolph and vince Carter have departed to the Sacramento Kings. Tony Allen and JaMychal Green remain free agents, and there’s no telling whether they will return to their old stomping grounds for 2017-18. The roster feels more lethargic than it has in prior years.
And nonetheless, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still current. So long as the group’s two greatest players remain in precisely the same uniform, they will be so competitive on both ends of the ground. Each deserves to be in the All-Star mix year in and year out, and they’ve taken over as the Grizzlies’ true leaders.
Is that sufficient? Can Memphis supplement both celebrities’ efforts with a Chandler Parsons?
Betting on the Grizzlies falling entirely out of the playoff dialog would be absurd, wherever they end up at the Western hierarchy. But the odds seem this time around.
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