Vegas Over/Under: 28.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 28-54 The Bet: lean although Prevent under
If any over/under mark seems on the money, it’s the 1 place for the Sacramento Kings. But we will still lean ever so slightly toward the below, largely for reasons explained by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton as he chased the Western Convention bottom-feeders to win only 27.4 games:
“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. Even though this isn’t a part of the projection, few teams are going to have more incentive to boost their draft pick, as Sacramento will not possess its first-rounder in 2019 because of commerce.”
That incentive to tank is big, and it may not even be as impactful as the possible loss of Randolph. Explaining a scenario that may soon apply to the veteran power forward, Ronald Tillery wrote for The Commerical Appeal:”The league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association says a player will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA when he’s convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony supply of marijuana.”
Losing Randolph would thrust minutes on the Kings’ ever-expanding collection of inexperienced gamers. And that’s the subject of this roster, as management has done a praiseworthy job of establishing their coffers following the passing of DeMarcus Cousins.
That strategy simply will not turn into wins yet.
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