Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 24-58 The Bet: Under with marginal confidence Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five players following the offseason departures of Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap. It’s not the simplest of jobs. And that would be fine in the event the franchise that has made the playoffs each of the previous ten seasons were filled with talent, as opposed to the current situation that is rather conducive to this dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is part of the mix, in addition to newly acquired big man Dewayne Dedmon. However, who else? Kent Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova and Taurean Prince? Can Marco Belinelli or 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, but it’s almost completely devoid of recognized talent. Even the top pieces have question marks, because Schroder has not served as the unquestioned leader of a team, Dedmon has yet to play more than 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming off a disappointing effort.
Talent wins out in the NBA, and the Hawks do not have enough of it–or enough motivation to avoid the base of the Eastern Conference–to shove the 26 wins necessary for the over wager.
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