Vegas Over/Under: 30.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 28-54 The Bet: Under 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. 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 set at 31.5 and won 32 games. In 2016-17, their 31-51 album fell well shy of the 38.5 over/under.
Every year, Vegas provides a realistic anticipation, listens because the people works itself into a frenzy about the diminished expectations for a major-market staff and then (probably) collectively yells as its forecast either ends true or overly optimistic.
The last time New York exceeded the projection by more than one game was 2012-13, along with the roster was quite a little different. So if this season break the mold?
Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is talented. Yes, Tim Hardaway Jr. could inject more offensive firepower into the lineup. Yes, Madison Square Garden will most likely be full of cheering fans, even though some (many?) Of these will probably be rooting on the opposition.
But Carmelo Anthony remains on the roster, and there is no end in sight into the never-ending will-they-won’t-they exchange saga. Frank Ntilikina, ramon Sessions and Ron Baker comprise the point-guard spinning. Convincing thickness exists at zero places.
Please. Do not bet on the Knicks to win more than 30 games.