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 best players following the offseason departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. It is not the simplest of tasks. That would be fine in the event the franchise which has made the playoffs each of the previous ten seasons were filled with talent, as opposed to the current situation that’s quite conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is certainly part of the mix, in addition to newly acquired large man Dewayne Dedmon. But 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 already prepared to throw John Collins into the equation?
This Atlanta roster might have some upside down, but it’s almost completely devoid of established talent. Even the top pieces have question marks, since Schroder hasn’t served as the unquestioned leader of a group, Dedmon has to play more than 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming off a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out from the NBA, and the Hawks don’t have enough of it–or enough motivation to avert the base of the Eastern Conference–to push the 26 wins essential for the over wager.