Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
The Record Projection: 42-40 of fromal The Bet: lean although Avoid under
Expecting a bigger leap from the Charlotte Hornets, that travelled just 36-46 last year using a mostly similar roster, could be possible when the group had addressed its biggest problem.
Dwight Howard will help, though he'll also keep the tremendously underrated Cody Zeller off the floor. Lest we forget, the Hornets' web rating increased by 10.4 points per 100 possessions when the incumbent center played in 2016-17. Malik Monk should provide a scoring punch.
However, what happens when Kemba Walker sits?
He was the motor for Charlotte during the campaign, but he wore down toward the middle of the season.
Tasked with too many responsibilities on the offensive end and constantly asked to create his own shots, Walker had the All-Star break to refresh and couldn't quite lead the charge back in the playoff picture throughout the year's second half.
Maybe the story would have unfolded rather differently if a competent backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls when Walker needed breathers.
Now, Michael Carter-Williams matches this role. The former Rookie of the Year is by no way a game-changing presence, along with his inability to shoot could wreck the second unit's spacing. He's not really a good match from a personnel standpoint, and that'll place the identical type of strain on Walker once again.
Expecting six extra victories is reasonable since the group develops and matches in the new developments. Seven is pushing against it.
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