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. is still trending up. Each guy is moving toward his athletic prime and building chemistry with the other members of the triumvirate while trying to maintain himself as a premier talent at his respective place. Wall is currently there, and the other two are not far behind.
And if you’re worried about the seat, do not worry –just not for the reason you may expect.
Last year’s second-stringers were dreadful. They routinely wasted leads and dug inescapable holes to the starters. This season’s bench collection should not be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott aren’t precisely marquee additions. And that is almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are bad. We know that much. However, the starters are still in place, and the Wizards posted an 8.1 net rating annually when Wall, Beal, Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were around the floor together. Even with 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 of during the year’s opening salvo?