Vegas Over/Under: 33.5
The Record Projection: 31-51 of fromal The Bet: lean although Avoid under
The Los Angeles Lakers just aren’t ready yet.
Adding Brook Lopez will make this team better. So, also, will the inclusion of Lonzo Ball in the starting five and continuing improvement from Brandon Ingram, that looked so far better during the second half of his rookie campaign than he did throughout the first.
We also can not overlook the upside of–requires a deep breath–Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and Thomas Bryant.
But after the additions of recognized subscribers with NBA experience such as Lopez and Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers will be committing far too many minutes to young players still cutting their teeth at the NBA.
The Vegas line has got the Purple and Gold progressing by more than seven matches following a year’s 26-56 finish, which is a big request.
Could it happen? Obviously.
Ball could break out and win Rookie of the Year. Randle could make good on the enduring hype and article triple-doubles more frequently. Caldwell-Pope could finally shoot a jaw-dropping clip from beyond the arc. And that is why you should avoid this wager.
However if you had to select much about this roster is still in flux to bet on an leap.
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