Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 28-54 The Bet: Under with confidence Rinse and repeat.
In 2013-14, the New York Knicks’ 37-45 record couldn’t quite fit their over/under of 49.5. 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 album fell well shy of this 38.5 over/under.
Every year, Vegas provides a realistic anticipation, listens because 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 turns out true or overly optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than one match was 2012-13, and the roster was quite a little different. So if this year break the mould?
Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is talented. Yes, Tim Hardaway Jr. could inject more offensive firepower to the lineup. Yes, Madison Square Garden will most likely be full of cheering fans, even though a few (many?) Of these will be rooting on the resistance.
But Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there’s no end in sight into the endless will-they-won’t-they exchange saga. Frank Ntilikina, ramon Sessions and Ron Baker include the point-guard spinning. Convincing depth exists at zero positions.
Please. Do not bet on the Knicks to win over 30 games.
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