Washington Wizards

Vegas Over/Under: 47.5

The Record Projection: 50-32 of fromal The Bet: Over with marginal confidence
Why anticipate a decline 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 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’re worried about the bench, do not worry –just not for the reason you might anticipate.
Last year’s second-stringers were atrocious. They routinely wasted leads and dug inescapable holes for the starters. This season’s bench collection shouldn’t be much better, as Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks and Mike Scott aren’t exactly marquee additions. And that’s almost irrelevant.
The non-starters are poor. We are aware that much. On the other hand, the starters continue to be in place, and the Wizards posted an 8.1 net rating last year when Wall,” Beal, Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were on the ground together. Even with the putridity behind them, they pulled 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 through the season’s opening salvo?

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