Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: lean although Prevent under
Expecting a larger jump from the Charlotte Hornets, that went just 36-46 final year using a largely similar roster, would be possible if the group had addressed its biggest issue.
Dwight Howard can help, though he’ll also keep the tremendously underrated Cody Zeller off the ground. Lest we forget, the Hornets’ net rating increased by 10.4 points per 100 possessions when the incumbent center played 2016-17. Malik Monk should provide a scoring punch off the bench.
When Kemba Walker stays, but what happens?
He wore down toward the middle of the season, although he had been the engine for Charlotte during the effort.
Tasked with too many responsibilities on the offensive end and always requested to make his own shots, Walker needed the All-Star break to refresh and couldn’t quite lead the charge back into the playoff picture throughout the year’s second half.
Maybe the story would have lacked rather differently if a competent backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls if Walker needed breathers.
Currently, that role fills. The former Rookie of the Year is by no means a game-changing presence, along with his inability to shoot could mess the next unit’s spacing. He’s not really a fantastic match from a personnel standpoint, and that will place the identical type of pressure on Walker once again.
Expecting six additional victories is reasonable as the group develops and fits in the new developments. Seven is pushing against it.