Vegas Over/Under: 25.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 24-58 The Bet: Under with confidence Try to name the Atlanta Hawks’ five best players following the departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. It’s not the easiest of tasks. 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 present situation that’s quite conducive to the dreaded”t” word.
Dennis Schroder is part of the mix, in addition to newly acquired large man Dewayne Dedmon. But who else? Kent Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova and Taurean Prince? Will Marco Belinelli or even 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 to the equation?
This Atlanta roster might have some upside down, but it’s almost entirely devoid of recognized talent. The leading pieces have question marks, because Schroder has not functioned as the unquestioned leader of a group, Dedmon has yet to play with more than 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming from a disappointing campaign.
Talent wins out from the NBA, and the Hawks do not have enough of itor enough motivation to avoid the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to push the 26 wins necessary for the over bet.
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