Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
The Record Projection: 42-40 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
Expecting a bigger leap from the Charlotte Hornets, that travelled only 36-46 last year with a largely similar roster, could be possible when the group had addressed its biggest issue.
Dwight Howard can help, though he’ll also keep the exceptionally underrated Cody Zeller off the ground. Lest we forget, the Hornets’ web rating increased by 10.4 points per 100 possessions when the incumbent center played in 2016-17. Malik Monk should provide a scoring punch.
When Kemba Walker sits However, what happens?
He had been the unquestioned motor for Charlotte during the former effort, but he wore toward the middle of the year.
Tasked with too many responsibilities on the offensive end and constantly asked to make his own shots, Walker needed the All-Star break to refresh and couldn’t really lead the charge back into the playoff picture during the year’s second half.
Maybe the story would have unfolded rather differently if a competent backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls when Walker needed breathers.
Now, Michael Carter-Williams fills that role. The former Rookie of the Year is by no way a game-changing presence, and his inability to shoot could wreck the second unit’s spacing. He’s not really a fantastic fit from a personnel standpoint, and that’ll place the identical kind of pressure on Walker once again.
Expecting six additional victories is reasonable as the team develops and fits in the new developments. Seven is pushing against it.
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