Vegas Over/Under: 33.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 31-51 The Bet: lean although Avoid under
The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t ready.
This team will be made by adding Brook Lopez . So, also, will the inclusion of Lonzo Ball at the starting five and continuing advancement from Brandon Ingram, that seemed so much better through the second half of his rookie campaign than he did throughout 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 like Lopez and Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers will be handing too many minutes to young players still cutting their teeth in the NBA.
The Vegas line has the Purple and Gold progressing by over seven games after a year’s 26-56 end, which is a big ask.
Can it happen? Of course.
Ball could split and win Rookie of the Year. Randle can make good on the enduring hype and post triple-doubles more often. Caldwell-Pope could shoot at a clip from beyond the arc. And that’s why you need to avoid this bet.
However if you had to pick, too much concerning this roster is still to bet on an eight-game leap.