Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: Prevent but lean under
Expecting a larger leap from the Charlotte Hornets, that went only 36-46 last year with a mostly similar roster, would be possible if the group had addressed its biggest issue.
Dwight Howard will help, though he’ll also keep the tremendously 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 supply a nice punch.
However, what happens when Kemba Walker sits?
He had been the motor for Charlotte throughout the previous effort, but he wore toward the center of the year.
Tasked with too many duties on the offensive end and constantly requested to make 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.
Maybe the story would have unfolded rather differently if a capable backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls if Walker needed breathers.
Currently, that role matches. The former Rookie of the Year is by no way a game-changing existence, and his inability to shoot could wreck the next unit’s spacing. He is simply not a fantastic match from a staff standpoint, and that will place the identical type of strain on Walker once more.
Expecting six additional victories is reasonable as the group grows and fits in the new additions. Seven is pushing it.