Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
The Record Projection: 50-32 of fromal The Bet: Above with 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 upward. Each guy is moving toward his athletic prime and building chemistry with the other members of this triumvirate while trying to maintain himself as a premier talent at his respective place. Wall is currently there, and another two are not far behind.
And if you’re worried about the bench, don’t worry –not for the reason you may expect.
Last year’s second-stringers were dreadful. They routinely squandered leads and dug inescapable holes for the starters. This season’s bench collection shouldn’t be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott are not exactly marquee additions. And that is almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are poor. We are aware that much. On the other hand, the starters continue to be in place, along with the Wizards published an 8.1 internet rating last year when Wall, Beal, Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were around the floor together. Even with all the putridity behind them, they pulled their troops to 49 wins.
So again, why should we expect anything else this year, particularly when the group was in the second half than during the year’s opening salvo?
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