Vegas Over/Under: 39.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence
Rarely does the stars-and-scrubs strategy get deployed quite similar to this in professional leagues.
Most commonly utilized in fantasy sports, the thinking goes you could conquer a distinct lack of depth and quality players by top-loading a roster. Spend a great deal on a few guys, then hope for mere competence around them.
The New Orleans Pelicans are presently one of the most significant examples of this plan taking root in reality, because they’re surrounding Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday with practically nothing. Rajon Rondo stays a shell of his old self–a useful shell, but a casing nonetheless–and also Solomon Hill’s torn hamstring can keep him out for up to eight months.
Who is notable? Have a peek at every other man under contract and see whether it’s possible to determine the fifth-best healthy participant, assuming the aforementioned four are the best quartet: Alexis Ajinca, Omer Asik, Ian Clark, Jordan Crawford, Cheick Diallo, Frank Jackson, E’Twaun Moore and Quincy Pondexter.
It is probably either Clark or Moore. And that is a problem, especially when the two bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.
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