Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with confidence that is marginal Rinse and repeat.
In 2013-14, the New York Knicks’ 37-45 record could not quite match their over/under of 49.5. Back in 2014-15, they arrived 23.5 games short of reaching their over/under of 40.5. In 2015-16, they had their over/under set at 31.5 and won 32 games. In 2016-17, their 31-51 record fell well shy of the 38.5 over/under.
Each year, Vegas provides a realistic anticipation, listens as the public works itself into a frenzy about the diminished expectations for a major-market team and then (probably) collectively laughs as its forecast either ends accurate or overly optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than a single match was 2012-13, and the roster was quite a bit different. So if this year break the mold?
Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is talented. Yes, Tim Hardaway Jr. could inject more offensive firepower into the lineup. Yes, Madison Square Garden will most likely be filled with cheering fans, even if a few (many?) Of them will be rooting on the opposition.
However, Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there is no end in sight into the never-ending will-they-won’t-they exchange saga. Ramon Sessions, Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker comprise the point-guard spinning. Convincing depth exists at zero positions.
Please. Do not bet on the Knicks to acquire over 30 games.
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