Vegas Over/Under: 47.5
The Record Projection: 50-32 of fromal The Bet: Over with marginal confidence
Why expect a decline in 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 whilst seeking to maintain himself as a highest talent in his respective position. Wall is currently there, and the other two are not far behind.
And if you are worried about the bench, do not worry –not for the reason you may expect.
Last year’s second-stringers were atrocious. They routinely wasted leads and dug inescapable holes to the starters. This season’s bench collection shouldn’t be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott are not exactly marquee additions. And that’s almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are poor. We know that much. On the other hand, the starters are still in place, and the Wizards posted an 8.1 internet rating last year 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, especially when the group was in the second half than during the season’s opening salvo?