Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
The Record Projection: 24-58 of fromal The Bet: Under with confidence that is marginal Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five players after the offseason departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. It is not the easiest of jobs. And that would be OK if the franchise which has made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons were overflowing with talent, instead of the current situation that’s rather conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is certainly part of the mix, as well as recently acquired large man Dewayne Dedmon. However, who else? Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Ersan Ilyasova? Can Marco Belinelli or even 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 into the equation?
This Atlanta roster may have some upside, but it is almost entirely devoid of recognized talent. The leading 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 from a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out in the NBA, along with the Hawks do not have enough of it–or enough motivation to avoid the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to push the 26 wins necessary for the over bet.
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