Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: Beneath 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’d 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.
Each year, Vegas provides a realistic anticipation, listens because the people works itself into a frenzy about the diminished expectations for a major-market team and then (probably) collectively yells as its forecast either ends true or overly optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than a single game was 2012-13, and the roster was a bit different. So should this season break the mould?
Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is gifted. Yes, Tim Hardaway Jr. could inject more offensive firepower to the lineup. Yes, Madison Square Garden will probably be full of cheering fans, even though a few (many?) Of them will be rooting on the resistance.
However, Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there is no end in sight to the endless will-they-won’t-they trade saga. Ramon Sessions, Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker include the point-guard spinning. Convincing depth exists at zero places.
Please. Do not wager on the Knicks to acquire over 30 games.
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