Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 24-58 The Bet: Under with confidence that is marginal Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five players after Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard’s departures. It’s not the simplest of jobs. That would be fine in the event the franchise which has made the playoffs each of the previous 10 seasons were overflowing with talent, instead of the present situation that’s rather conducive to this dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is part of the mix, in addition to recently 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 can keep shooting as they did with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, respectively? Are we prepared to throw John Collins?
This Atlanta roster may have some upside, but it is 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 with over 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming from a disappointing effort.
Talent wins out in the NBA, and the Hawks don’t have enough of itor enough motivation to avert the base of the Eastern Conference–to push toward the 26 wins necessary for the over wager.
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