Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: Avoid but lean under
Expecting a bigger jump from the Charlotte Hornets, that travelled just 36-46 last year using a mostly similar roster, could be possible if the team had addressed its biggest problem.
Dwight Howard will help, though he will also keep the tremendously underrated Cody Zeller off the floor. Lest we forget, the Hornets’ web rating improved by 10.4 points per 100 possessions when the incumbent center played in 2016-17. Malik Monk should provide a scoring punch.
When Kemba Walker stays, However, what happens?
He wore toward the center of the year, although he was the unquestioned motor for Charlotte throughout the previous campaign.
Tasked with too many duties on the offensive end and always asked to create his own shots, Walker had the All-Star break to refresh and could not really lead the charge back into the playoff picture during the season’s second half.
Perhaps the story would have unfolded rather differently in case a competent backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls if Walker needed breathers.
Now, Michael Carter-Williams matches this role. The former Rookie of the Year is by no means a game-changing presence, along with his inability to take could mess the next unit’s spacing. He is simply not a fantastic fit from a staff standpoint, and that will place the identical kind of strain on Walker once more.
Expecting six additional victories is reasonable since the team grows and fits in the new additions. Seven is pushing against it.