As the Wizards welcome their offseason additions to Washington this week through introductory press conferences, there seems to be a decent amount of optimism about what this new-look team can do.
By adding Spencer Dinwiddie, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma and Aaron Holiday, along with the team's 2021 draft picks, to a mostly intact core of players that just reached the postseason, Washington is shedding a long-held two-star identity for one of its deepest teams in recent memory.
But not everyone is equally bullish on the Wizards' new approach. The over/under on their regular-season win total dropped by two on PointsBet Sportsbook, from 36.5 before free agency to 34.5 afterwards. It's tied with the Toronto Raptors for the second-largest drop in wins behind the San Antonio Spurs, who saw a three-win drop.
The one thing each of those teams have in common is the subtraction of a star player, none bigger than the Wizards' trade of Russell Westbrook. But the Raptors lost one of their most beloved players, point guard Kyle Lowry, to the Miami Heat and the Spurs lost his buddy, DeMar DeRozan, to the Chicago Bulls. It's not surprising then that the Heat (+3.0) and Bulls (+2.0) saw some the best win total increases, along with the Knicks (+3.0) and Trail Blazers (+6.0).
The NBA has always been a star-driven league and oddsmakers don't expect that to change with the Wizards, projecting them to get worst without Westbrook, not better.
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