Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 28-54 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 came 23.5 games short of reaching their over/under of 40.5. In 2015-16, they’d their over/under place at 31.5 and won 32 games. In 2016-17, their 31-51 album fell well shy of the 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 staff and then (probably) collectively laughs as its prediction either ends true or overly optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than one game was 2012-13, along with the roster was a bit different. So should this year break the mold?
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 filled with cheering fans, even if a few (many?) Of these will probably be rooting on the opposition.
But Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there is no end in sight to the never-ending will-they-won’t-they trade saga. Frank Ntilikina ramon Sessions and Ron Baker include the point-guard rotation. Convincing thickness exists at zero places.
Please. Don’t wager on the Knicks to win over 30 games.
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