Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
The Record Projection: 42-40 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
Expecting a bigger leap from the Charlotte Hornets, who travelled just 36-46 last year with a largely similar roster, would be possible if the group had addressed its biggest issue.
Dwight Howard can help, though he will also keep the exceptionally underrated Cody Zeller off the ground. Lest we forget, the Hornets’ web rating improved by 10.4 points per 100 possessions when the incumbent center played in 2016-17. Malik Monk must also supply a scoring punch off the seat.
When Kemba Walker sits However, what happens?
He wore down toward the center of the year, although he was the unquestioned motor for Charlotte throughout the campaign.
Tasked with too many duties on the offensive end and always asked to create his own shots, Walker had the All-Star break to refresh and couldn’t really lead the charge back into the playoff picture during the season’s second half.
Perhaps the story would have unfolded rather differently if a competent backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls when Walker had breathers.
Currently, that job fills. The former Rookie of the Year is by no way a game-changing presence, along with his inability to take could wreck the next unit’s spacing. He’s not really a fantastic match from a personnel standpoint, and that’ll place the same type of pressure on Walker once again.
Expecting six extra victories is reasonable as the group grows and fits in the new developments. Seven is pushing against it.
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