Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: lean although Avoid under
Expecting a larger jump from the Charlotte Hornets, that travelled just 36-46 final year with a mostly similar roster, could be possible if the group had addressed its biggest problem.
Dwight Howard will help, though he will 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 in 2016-17. Malik Monk must provide a nice scoring punch.
When Kemba Walker sits However, what happens?
He was the engine for Charlotte during the campaign, but he wore toward the middle of the year.
Tasked with too many duties on the offensive end and also constantly requested to make his own shots, Walker needed the All-Star break to refresh and could not quite lead the charge back into the playoff picture during the season’s second half.
Maybe the story would have unfolded rather differently in case a competent backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls when Walker needed breathers.
Currently, this job is filled by Michael Carter-Williams. The former Rookie of the Year is by no way a game-changing presence, along with his inability to shoot could mess the next unit’s spacing. He is not really a good match from a personnel standpoint, and that will place the same type of strain on Walker once again.
Expecting six additional victories is reasonable as the group grows and fits in the new developments. Seven is pushing against it.