Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
The Record Projection: 28-54 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with confidence that is marginal Rinse and repeat.
In 2013-14, the New York Knicks’ 37-45 record couldn’t quite fit their over/under of 49.5. Back in 2014-15, they arrived 23.5 games short of reaching 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 this 38.5 over/under.
Each year, Vegas provides a realistic expectation, listens as the people works itself into a frenzy about the diminished expectations for a major-market team and then (probably) collectively laughs as its forecast either ends true or too optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than one game was 2012-13, and the roster was a bit different. So if this season break the mould?
Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is gifted. Yes, Tim Hardaway Jr. could inject more offensive firepower into the lineup. Yes, Madison Square Garden will probably be full of cheering fans, even if some (many?) Of them will probably be rooting on the opposition.
However, Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there is no end in sight to the never-ending will-they-won’t-they trade saga. Ramon Sessions, Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker comprise the rotation. Convincing depth exists at zero places.
Please. Do not bet on the Knicks to win more than 30 games.