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Los Angeles Clippers

Vegas Over/Under: 43.5

The Record Projection: 42-40 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under The way you feel about this over/under probably depends on one key question: How simple is replacement 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 away from his new home in a transaction after he opted in, but they also convinced Blake Griffin into re-sign before incorporating Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic to the fold. This is a gifted roster with ability and upside at pretty much every position. It is far deeper than it has been in previous decades, however head coach Doc Rivers surely didn’t wish to acquire depth at the expense of his team’s best player. And that’s the problem that is enduring. Paul was not only the engine that made the Clippers operate; he essentially was that the Clippers. Patrick Beverley and Teodosic ought to be strong replacements at the 1, but they can not replicate his ability to run the offense perfectly. Whether Paul was calling his own band or setting up teammates, he commanded the flow of the game in addition to anyone. It’s the reason LAC was a shocking 19.6 points per 100 possessions better with him on the ground in 2016-17, in addition to why he finished No. 2 overall in’s real plus/minus, behind just LeBron James. His job can not be replicated. Read more: