Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
The Record Projection: 24-58 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with confidence that is marginal Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five players following the offseason departures of Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap. It is not the simplest of jobs. And that would be fine if the franchise that has made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons were filled with talent, instead of the current situation that’s rather conducive to this dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is part of this mix, as well as newly acquired big man Dewayne Dedmon. But who else? Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Ersan Ilyasova? Will Marco Belinelli or Luke Babbitt be in the mix if they can keep shooting as they did with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, respectively? Are we prepared to throw John Collins to the equation?
This Atlanta roster might have some upside, but it is almost completely devoid of established talent. The top pieces have question marks, because Schroder hasn’t functioned as the unquestioned leader of a team, Dedmon has to play more than 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming off a disappointing effort.
Talent wins out from the NBA, along with the Hawks don’t have enough of it–or enough motivation to avoid the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to shove toward the 26 wins necessary for the over bet.
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