Vegas Over/Under: 43.5

Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: lean although Avoid under
How you feel about this over/under likely depends on one key question: Just how simple is replacing Chris Paul?
The Los Angeles Clippers did a fantastic job reloading after studying that Paul wanted a death to the Houston Rockets. Not only did they manage to pry some funds from his new home in a transaction after he chosen in, however they also convinced Blake Griffin to re-sign before incorporating Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic into the fold.
This is a talented roster with upside and ability at pretty much every position. It is far deeper than it’s been in previous years, though head coach Doc Rivers surely didn’t want to obtain depth at the expense of his team’s best player.
And that’s the issue that is enduring.
Paul wasn’t only the engine which made the Clippers run; he essentially was the Clippers.
Patrick Beverley and Teodosic should be solid replacements in the 1, but they can’t replicate his ability to run the offense perfectly.
Whether Paul was calling his own band or setting up teammates, he controlled the flow of the game as well as anyone. It’s the reason LAC was a staggering 19.6 points per 100 possessions better with him around the ground in 2016-17, in addition to the reason that he finished No. 2 overall in’s actual plus/minus, behind just LeBron James.
His job can’t be replicated.

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