Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence Rinse and repeat.
In 2013-14, the New York Knicks’ 37-45 record couldn’t quite match their over/under of 49.5. In 2014-15, they arrived 23.5 games short of attaining 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.
Every 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 forecast either turns out accurate or overly optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than one game was 2012-13, along with the roster was quite a bit different. So should this season 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 though some (many?) Of them will probably be rooting on the resistance.
However, Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there is no end in sight into the endless will-they-won’t-they exchange saga. Frank Ntilikina ramon Sessions and Ron Baker comprise the rotation. Convincing thickness exists at zero places.
Please. Do not bet on the Knicks to win over 30 games.
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