Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 28-54 The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence Rinse and repeat.
In 2013-14, the New York Knicks’ 37-45 record could not quite fit their over/under of 49.5. In 2014-15, they came 23.5 games short of attaining their over/under of 40.5. In 2015-16, they had their over/under place at 31.5 and won 32 games. In 2016-17, their 31-51 record fell well shy of the 38.5 over/under.
Each year, Vegas provides a realistic anticipation, listens because the people works itself into a frenzy about the diminished expectations for a major-market team and then (probably) collectively yells as its prediction either ends accurate or overly optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than one match was 2012-13, and the roster was quite a bit different. So if this season break the mold?
Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is gifted. Yes, Tim Hardaway Jr. could inject more offensive firepower to the lineup. Yes, Madison Square Garden will most likely be full of cheering fans, even if some (many?) Of them will probably be rooting on the resistance.
But Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there is no end in sight into the endless will-they-won’t-they trade saga. Ramon Sessions, Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker comprise the point-guard rotation. Convincing depth exists at zero places.
Please. Don’t bet on the Knicks to win over 30 games.