Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 50-32 The Bet: Above marginal confidence
Why expect a drop from the Washington Wizards?
The three-headed monster of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. is still trending up. Each guy is moving toward his athletic prime and building chemistry with the other members of the triumvirate whilst trying to maintain himself as a premier talent at his respective position. Wall is already there, and another two are not far behind.
And if you’re concerned about the bench, don’t be–not for the reason you might expect.
Last year’s second-stringers were atrocious. They routinely squandered leads and dug inevitable holes for the starters. This year’s chair set shouldn’t be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott aren’t exactly marquee additions. And that’s almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are bad. We know that much. On the other hand, the starters are still in place, and the Wizards posted an 8.1 net rating last year when Wall, Beal, Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were on the ground together. Even with the putridity supporting them, they dragged their troops to 49 wins.
So again, why should we expect anything else this year, particularly when the group was better in the second half of during the year’s opening salvo?
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