2017-2018 NBA Previews – Wizards Odds
Looking for 2017 Washington Wizards Predictions? We’ve got your back. The Washington Wizards had a pretty successful season last year. After getting off to a terrible start they got really hot during the middle of the season and it led them to a 49-33 record and a playoff berth. In the playoffs they made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing to the Boston Celtics.
Washington Wizards Season Preview
Head Coach: Scott Brooks
2016-17 Record: 49-33
Wizards Odds to NBA Title: +5000
Wizards Odds to Win Conference: +1200
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Now that the East is weaker most people still feel that the Washington Wizards are the third best team in the league.
They will once again probably make the playoffs and have a top four seed, unless something really weird happens.
But for this season to be considered a success it all comes down to what they do in the playoffs. Is this the year they overcome the Celtics or the Cavaliers, or will they be outed by them once again this year.
Washington Wizards Strengths:
You can’t talk about the Wizards strengths without first looking at the backcourt. John Wall is an elite player, and one of the top players in the Eastern Conference.
He is a two way player who can shoot, drive and pass, and then get back on defense make a steal or get a chase down block. He is the leader of this team and he seems to do whatever he needs to lead this team to victory.
Alongside Wall is his sidekick Bradley Beal who has a new max contract and can shoot the lights out of the ball.
Before last season people wondered if these two could play alongside each other and many wondered which one they would end up keeping.
Last year they grooved and proved they could play together, and are in line for another huge year this year. The one question that still floats around Beal is if he can stay healthy.
Last year he started the season a little banged up by had no issue the rest of the year keeping healthy.
With John Wall being such a good passer it’s important for him to be surrounded by good shooters, and the Wizards have done a great job of making sure that is the case.
The likes of Kelly Oubre and Otto Porter had a lot of success shooting the long ball last year, and they are going to need them to keep it up this year to continue that success.
This team has a lot of young guys, but they have a lot of veteran leadership, and most of the young guys experienced the playoffs last year, which will really help if they get back there this year.
Washington Wizards Weaknesses:
The big weaknesses for the Washington Wizards mostly have to do with the defensive side of the ball. In the regular season winning with just offense usually works, but once the post season rolls around the defense really needs to step up.
The Wizards big men are more of scoring big men and their defense needs to be improved. At times they trust John Wall to bail them out too much and at times it doesn’t work.
The other big weakness is depth. Like I mentioned above, Bradley Beal is very injury prone and if they were to lose him this season at any point, they would really be scrambling to try to find someone to even get half the production that he puts out on a given night.
If the Wizards stay healthy the depth won’t really be tested, but if they suffer a couple of injuries this team could be in some really big trouble.
Washington Wizards Betting Prediction: 50-32
Vegas has set the over/under at 48.5 for this team. I think that number personally is just a little too low and they will cover the over on that.
With a lot of the good talent from the Eastern Conference going over to the Western Conference, there is going to be a lot of nights where the Wizards have a lot of easy wins against low quality teams.
I also think that they won’t get off to as bad of start as they did last year which will help raise their win/loss total.
I think that they will make the playoffs as a three seed in the Eastern Conference and will once again be eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.
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