Vegas Over/Under: 42.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: Prevent but lean under
Expecting a larger leap from the Charlotte Hornets, who travelled just 36-46 last year with a largely similar roster, would be possible if the team had addressed its main issue.
Dwight Howard will help, though he will also keep the exceptionally 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 2016-17. Malik Monk should also supply a nice punch.
When Kemba Walker sits However, what happens?
He was the unquestioned engine for Charlotte throughout the former campaign, but he wore toward the center of the year.
Tasked with too many duties on the offensive end and always requested to make 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 year’s second half.
Perhaps the story would have lacked rather differently if a capable backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls when Walker had breathers.
Currently, that role fills. The former Rookie of the Year is by no way a game-changing existence, along with his inability to shoot could mess the next unit’s spacing. He’s not really a good fit from a personnel standpoint, and that’ll place the same kind of strain on Walker once more.
Expecting six extra victories is reasonable since the group develops and fits in the new additions. Seven is pushing it.