Vegas Over/Under: 33.5
The Record Projection: 31-51 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t ready.
Adding Brook Lopez will make this group . So, too, will the addition of Lonzo Ball at the starting five and continued improvement from Brandon Ingram, who seemed so far better during the second half of his rookie campaign than he did throughout the first.
We also can’t 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 established subscribers with NBA experience such as Lopez and Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers will be handing far too many minutes to young players still cutting their teeth in the NBA.
The Vegas line still has the Purple and Gold progressing by over seven matches after a year’s 26-56 finish, and that’s a big request.
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 post triple-doubles more frequently. Caldwell-Pope could shoot a clip that is jaw-dropping from beyond the arc. And that’s the reason you should avoid this bet.
But, if you had to pick much about this roster is in flux to bet on an eight-game leap.
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