Vegas Over/Under: 43.5

Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: lean although Avoid under How you feel about this over/under probably depends on one key question: How easy is replacement Chris Paul? The Los Angeles Clippers did a great job reloading after learning that Paul wanted a departure to the Houston Rockets. Not only did they figure out how to pry some funds away from his new home in a trade after he opted in, but they also convinced Blake Griffin into re-sign before adding Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic into the fold. This is a gifted roster with ability and upside at just about every position. It’s far deeper than it has been in previous decades, however head coach Doc Rivers certainly didn’t want to obtain depth at the cost of his team’s best player. And that is the issue that is enduring. Paul wasn’t just the engine which made the Clippers run; he essentially was that the Clippers. Patrick Beverley and Teodosic ought to 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 commanded the flow of the game in addition to anyone. It is why LAC was a shocking 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 real plus/minus, behind only LeBron James. His job can’t be replicated. Read more here: