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 after the departures of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard. It’s not the easiest of jobs. And that would be OK if the franchise which has made the playoffs each of the last 10 seasons were overflowing with talent, as opposed to the current situation that’s quite 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? Will Marco Belinelli or Luke Babbitt be in 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 to the equation?
This Atlanta roster might have some upside, but it is almost entirely devoid of established talent. The top pieces have question marks, because Schroder has not served as the unquestioned leader of a team, Dedmon has to play with over 17.5 minutes per game and Bazemore is coming off a disappointing effort.
Talent wins out in the NBA, along with the Hawks do not have enough of itor sufficient motivation to avoid the bottom of the Eastern Conference–to shove the 26 wins necessary for the over wager.
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