Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
The Record Projection: 50-32 of fromal The Bet: Over marginal confidence
Why anticipate a decline from the Washington Wizards?
The three-headed monster of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. continues to be trending upward. Each guy is moving toward his athletic prime and building chemistry with the other members of this triumvirate whilst seeking to assert himself as a premier talent at his respective position. Wall is already there, and another two aren’t far behind.
And if you’re concerned about the seat, do not be–just not for the reason you might anticipate.
Last year’s second-stringers were atrocious. They routinely squandered leads and dug inescapable holes for the starters. This year’s bench collection shouldn’t be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott aren’t precisely marquee additions. And that’s almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are bad. We are aware that much. On the other hand, the starters are still in place, and the Wizards published an 8.1 net rating last year when Wall, Beal, Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were around the ground together. Even with all the putridity behind them, they pulled their troops to 49 wins.
So again, why should we expect anything else this season, especially when the group was better in the second half than through the year’s opening salvo?
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