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 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’d their over/under place 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 as the public works itself into a frenzy about the diminished expectations for a major-market staff and then (probably) collectively laughs as its forecast either ends true or overly optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than one match was 2012-13, and the roster was a little different. So if this season 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 probably be full of cheering fans, even if some (many?) Of these will be rooting on the opposition.
But Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there is no end in sight into the never-ending will-they-won’t-they trade saga. Frank Ntilikina, ramon Sessions and Ron Baker include the spinning. Convincing depth exists at zero positions.
Please. Do not bet on the Knicks to win more than 30 games.
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