- Prediction: 18-20 wins, could finish with the worst record in the NBA
- Pick: No recommended bet.
The Hawks have loads of talent on paper, but Lloyd Pierce has had a difficult time maximizing the potential out of his players as a whole. Sitting with the worst record in the league at 8-30, Trae Young’s ascension into the upper echelon of NBA guards has really been the only bright spot in Atlanta.
It’s worth noting that John Collins has been putting up solid numbers since returning from his 25-game suspension (18.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg), but unfortunately, the Hawks have continued to pile up the losses.
- Current Prediction: 24-26 wins, miss the playoffs
- Current Pick: No recommended bet.
We’ve barely gotten past Thanksgiving and the Hawks already find themselves trailing by double-digit games in their division. The fact that John Collins was hit with a 25-game suspension (PEDs) just 5 games into the season certainly didn’t help Atlanta get off to the quick start they were hoping for.
Unfortunately, at this time, there are no future bets associated with Atlanta that we would recommend placing.
- Prediction: 30 wins or so
- Pick: Under 34.5 Wins -120
The NBA betting sites have a line of around 34-35 regular season wins for the Atlanta Hawks. While the team is full of potential, the lack of experience and defense will harm the performance in 2019-20. I still expect to see about 30 victories by the Hawks, so the -120 offered by BetOnline for under 34.5 wins looks like a great bet.
The Atlanta Hawks are one of the NBA teams with the biggest potential, but it’s close to impossible for them to stay consistent when they rely on so many young players. The team is not ready to compete, although a spot in the playoffs is not entirely impossible.
However, the more likely scenario is to witness a Hawks team that is more than willing to give its young players the time to develop, even if that means making errors in the process. We don’t expect much from the Atlanta Hawks in 2019-20, but we should see some flashes of what the next season or two will be like.