Vegas Over/Under: 33.5
The Record Projection: 31-51 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
The Los Angeles Lakers just aren’t ready yet.
Adding Brook Lopez will make this group better. So, also, will the inclusion of Lonzo Ball in the starting five and continued advancement from Brandon Ingram, who looked so much better during the second half of his rookie campaign than he did during the first.
We also can’t overlook the upside of–requires a deep breath–Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and Thomas Bryant.
But even after the additions of established contributors with NBA experience like Lopez and Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers will probably be committing too many minutes to young players still cutting their teeth at the NBA.
The Vegas line still has the Purple and Gold progressing by over seven games after a year’s 26-56 finish, and that’s a big ask.
Could it happen? Obviously.
Ball win Rookie of the Year and could split. Randle can make good on the enduring hype and article triple-doubles more frequently. Caldwell-Pope could finally shoot at a clip from beyond the arc. And that is why you need to avoid this wager.
However , if you had to pick much about this roster is in flux to bet on an jump.
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