On the amazing Dunk Tales podcast, they discussed the divisions thanks to an excellent user comment. When they looked at the Southeast, something became apparent. This division is ... not good. We've reviewed some stacked divisions. Let's get to the disappointing cousin in the family.
Vegas Over/Under: 44.5
This is rough. This team was a 43 win team last season, and they added the still productive Dwight Howard. That said, they also added Austin Rivers and Jeff Green. I think they get the over, especially with the advantage of being in a trash division. Of course, they already lost to the next team on the list, so, who knows?
Vegas Over/Under: 41.5
I like the over, but health is the real issue with this team. Justise Winslow looked like a promising young talent. Hassan Whiteside, when healthy, is one of the top centers in the NBA. Can this team stay healthy and on the court? Again, I like the over and think they'll be a first-round playoff team.
Vegas Over/Under: 35.5
I was more pessimistic on this team preseason. They lost Dwight Howard, and a bigger issue is that Frank Kaminsky kept getting big minutes, despite being terrible. However, Kaminsky has been a DNP-CD, and the Hornets do have some good players. I still have no idea where this team ends up as that mid 30s range is the perfect range where teams get worse post-All-Star break when playoff odds evaporate.
Vegas Over/Under: 31.0
I don't get when anyone would think this team has improved since last season. They're a lottery squad and don't expect much. It's easier to say that as I write this on a night where the Hornets blew them out by 32.
Subtractions: Jaylen Morris, Quinn Cook, Jeremy Evans, Damion Lee, Mike Muscala, Dennis Schroder, Malcolm Delaney, Isaiah Taylor, Sheldon Mac, Okaro White, Tyler Cavanaugh, Josh Magette, Jordan Mathews, Andrew White III, Nicolas Brussino, Luke Babbitt, John Jenkins, Richard Jefferson, Antonius Cleveland, Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova
Vegas Over/Under: 23.5
We like Alex Len, but he's not enough to overcome a pretty mediocre squad. This team traded away the rights to Luka Doncic, and I suspect the rest of there season will be also as underwhelming. Expect them to be competing with Orlando for a lottery spot.