Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
The Record Projection: 24-58 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five players after the offseason departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. It’s not the easiest of tasks. And that would be fine if the franchise that has made the playoffs each of the previous 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, in addition to newly acquired big man Dewayne Dedmon. However, 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 prepared to throw John Collins?
This Atlanta roster might have some upside down, but it is almost completely devoid of recognized talent. Even the top pieces have question marks, because Schroder hasn’t served as the unquestioned leader of a team, Dedmon has to play with more than 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming off a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out from the NBA, along with the Hawks don’t have enough of itor enough motivation to avoid the base of the Eastern Conference–to push toward the 26 wins essential for the over bet.