Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 50-32 The Bet: Above with marginal confidence
Why anticipate a drop from the Washington Wizards?
The three-headed monster of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. continues to be trending upward. Each man is moving toward his athletic prime and building chemistry with the other members of the triumvirate while seeking to assert himself as a premier talent at his respective position. Wall is already there, and the other two are not far behind.
And if you are worried about the bench, don’t be–just not for the reason you may anticipate.
Last year’s second-stringers were dreadful. They routinely squandered leads and dug inevitable holes for the starters. This year’s chair set shouldn’t be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott are not precisely marquee additions. And that is almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are bad. We are aware that much. However, the starters continue to be in place, along with the Wizards posted an 8.1 internet rating annually when Wall, Beal, Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were around the floor together. Even with all the putridity behind them, they dragged their troops to 49 wins.
So again, why should we expect anything else this season, especially when the team was in the second half than during the year’s opening salvo?