Vegas Over/Under: 39.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence
Rarely does the stars-and-scrubs strategy get deployed quite similar to this in professional leagues.
Most commonly used in fantasy sports, the thinking goes you could overcome a distinct lack of depth and quality players from top-loading a roster. Spend a great deal on a few men, then expect for mere proficiency around them.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now among the most significant examples of this strategy taking root in fact, since they’re surrounding Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday with almost nothing. Rajon Rondo stays a shell of his old self–a useful shell, but a casing nonetheless–and Solomon Hill’s torn hamstring can keep him out for up to eight months.
Who else is notable? Take a peek at every other man under contract and see whether you can identify the fifth-best healthful participant, assuming the aforementioned four are the top quartet: Alexis Ajinca, Omer Asik, Ian Clark, Jordan Crawford, Cheick Diallo, Frank Jackson, E’Twaun Moore and Quincy Pondexter.
It’s probably either Clark or even Moore. And that’s a problem, especially when both bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.
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