Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 24-58 The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five greatest players after the departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. It’s not the simplest of tasks. That would be OK in the event the franchise which has made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons were filled with talent, as opposed to the present situation that is rather conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is part of this mix, in addition to recently acquired large man Dewayne Dedmon. But who else? Kent Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova and Taurean Prince? Will Marco Belinelli or even Luke Babbitt maintain the mix if they could keep shooting as they did with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, respectively? Are we already prepared to throw John Collins?
This Atlanta roster may have some upside, but it is almost entirely devoid of established talent. Even the top pieces have question marks, because Schroder hasn’t functioned as the unquestioned leader of a team, Dedmon has yet to play with over 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming from a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out in the NBA, and the Hawks do not have enough of itor enough motivation to avoid the base of the Eastern Conference–to shove the 26 wins essential for the over bet.
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