Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 50-32 The Bet: Above with marginal confidence
Why expect a decline in the Washington Wizards?
The three-headed monster of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. is still trending up. Each man is moving toward his athletic prime and building chemistry with the other members of the triumvirate whilst seeking to maintain himself as a highest talent in his respective position. Wall is already there, and the other two aren’t far behind.
And if you are worried about the bench, do not worry –not for the reason you may anticipate.
Last year’s second-stringers were atrocious. They routinely squandered leads and dug inevitable holes for the starters. This season’s bench collection shouldn’t 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 poor. 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 the putridity supporting them, they pulled their troops to 49 wins.
So again, why should we expect anything else this year, particularly when the team was in the second half than through the season’s opening salvo?