18 Jul Atlanta Hawks
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 offseason departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. It’s not the simplest of jobs. And that would be OK if the franchise that has made the playoffs each of the previous 10 seasons were overflowing with talent, instead of the current situation that’s rather conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is part of this mix, in addition to newly acquired big man Dewayne Dedmon. But who else? Kent Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova and Taurean Prince? Can Marco Belinelli or even Luke Babbitt maintain 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 might have some upside down, but it is almost completely devoid of recognized talent. Even the top pieces have question marks, since Schroder hasn’t functioned as the unquestioned leader of a group, Dedmon has yet to play with over 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming off a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out from the NBA, along with the Hawks do not have enough of it–or sufficient motivation to avoid the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to push the 26 wins necessary for the over bet.
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