Vegas Over/Under: 42.5

Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: lean although Prevent under
Expecting a larger jump from the Charlotte Hornets, who travelled only 36-46 final year using a largely similar roster, would be possible if the group had addressed its biggest issue.
Dwight Howard can help, though he’ll also keep the exceptionally 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 also provide a scoring punch.
When Kemba Walker sits but what happens?
He had been the unquestioned engine for Charlotte during the campaign, but he wore toward the center of the year.
Tasked with too many duties on the offensive end and constantly asked to create his own shots, Walker needed the All-Star break to refresh and could not quite lead the charge back into the playoff picture throughout the year’s second half.
Maybe the story would have unfolded rather differently in case a competent backup point guard had graced the depth chart to mitigate the downfalls when Walker had breathers.
Now, that role is filled by Michael Carter-Williams. The former Rookie of the Year is by no way a game-changing presence, along with his inability to shoot could mess the next unit’s spacing. He is simply not a fantastic match from a personnel standpoint, and that’ll put the identical type of pressure on Walker once again.
Expecting six additional victories is reasonable as the team develops and matches in the new developments. Seven is pushing it.

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