Vegas Over/Under: 33.5
The Record Projection: 31-51 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
The Los Angeles Lakers just aren’t ready.
Adding Brook Lopez will make this team better. So, also, will the addition of Lonzo Ball at the starting five and continued advancement from Brandon Ingram, that seemed so much better through the second half of his rookie effort than he did during the first.
We also can not overlook the upside of–takes 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 contributors 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 still has the Purple and Gold progressing by more than seven matches after last year’s 26-56 finish, which is a big ask.
Could it happen? Of course.
Ball could break out and win Rookie of the Year. Randle can make good on the hype that is enduring and article triple-doubles more frequently. Caldwell-Pope could shoot at a jaw-dropping clip from beyond the arc. And that is the reason you need to avoid this wager.
Butif you had to pick, also much concerning this roster is still in flux to wager on an leap.
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