Atlanta Hawks Betting and Team Guide
With 82 games during the regular season and plenty of Atlanta Hawks betting futures, investing some time to learn everything about the franchise is worth it. Well, we did our best to summarize all the important facts in this Atlanta Hawks team guide. On top of that, we make sure to follow all the events around the organization and share our predictions accordingly.
Atlanta Hawks Betting in 2019-20
Let’s see what the NBA betting sites offer for the Atlanta Hawks 2019-20 NBA season.
Latest Atlanta Hawks Odds for 2019-20
Atlanta Hawks to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+100000
Atlanta Hawks to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference+25000
Atlanta Hawks to Win the 2020 NBA Southeast DivisionN/A
Atlanta Hawks Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 22-25 wins
- Current Pick: No recommended bet.
- Last Updated: February 28th
Unfortunately, Lloyd Pierce hasn’t been able to make any significant strides in his second year at the helm in Atlanta, although the Hawks undoubtedly have some nice young pieces to build from.
Trae Young is on his to averaging 30+ points per game and being recognized as an All-NBA player. John Collins has quietly averaged 21 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while Kevin Huerter and De’Andre Hunter are panning out into quality players.
Look for Atlanta so play better as the season wears on so that they can hopefully bring some positive vibes with them into the summer.
- Previous Atlanta Hawks Predictions
- 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.
Atlanta Hawks News and Updates
February 28th, by Michael Wynn
Clint Capela is yet to see the floor since the Hawks acquired him just hours before the February 6th trade deadline. The former Rockets center is hoping to join his new teammates in the Atlanta lineup sometime in mid-March, but don’t start counting your chickens before they hatch.
There’s a decent chance Capela is shut down for the remainder of the year so that he can focus his efforts on rehabbing his right heel.
- Previous News and Updates
January 10th, by Michael Wynn
Trae Young is the leading vote-getter among all Eastern Conference guards, and his performance his last time out sheds light on why that has transpired. Young dazzled with a 42-13-10 line and is now averaging 35 points, 10 assists, and 6.5 rebounds since the calendar turned to 2020.
De’Andre Hunter has been a bit up-and-down thus far in his rookie campaign, while Cam Reddish has flat-out struggled. The former Duke star and 10th overall pick is sporting a paltry 25.8% clip from beyond the arc.
December 4th, by Michael Wynn
Trae Young is filling up the stat sheet (28.1 ppg, 8.3 apg, 4.1 rpg) and looks to be a shoo-in to make the All-Star team. Jabari Parker has been a nice addition contributing more than 16 points per night, but it hasn’t stopped Atlanta from losing 16 of their first 21 games.
Rookie forward De’Andre Hunter is currently nursing a dislocated right index finger, but this injury isn’t considered too serious.
October 8th, by Jerry Summer
The preseason is underway, and the Hawks have already played their first game. They lost against the Pelicans, but there were some good signs.
A good number of players got minutes under belts and scored in double digits. The likes of De’Andre Hunter, John Collins, Alex Len, Cam Reddish, and DeAndre’ Bembry all had impressive moments.
The big issue is that the defense looked extremely vulnerable. It’s still early days, but this will be the biggest problem of the team in the regular season.
July 11th, by Jerry Summer
After the Washington Wizards declined their team option for Jabari Parker, the forward became a free agent and was signed by the Atlanta Hawks. It’s an interesting deal, as the player’s potential is undoubted, and he is still very young.
However, he’s already had multiple tough injuries, and there are a lot of doubts whether he’s ever going to stay healthy for a sustained period of time.
June 20th, by Jerry Summer
The Atlanta Hawks added another young talent to their roster by moving up the draft to acquire the services of De’Andre Hunter. Many believe this is the best defensive player from the 2019 class, and he’s also a solid shooter from the outside. He’s a player with a high ceiling but also qualities that could help the team right now.
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The Atlanta Hawks in 2019-20
Atlanta Hawks Roster in 2019-20
To bet on any NBA team, you should be aware of their roster. Here are the players that will be part of the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019-20 NBA season.
- Trae Young – Guard
- De’Andre Hunter – Guard
- Junior Robinson – Guard
- Kevin Huerter – Guard
- Allen Crabbe – Guard
- Evan Turner – Guard
- Vince Carter – Guard
- Justin Anderson – Guard
- Deandre Bembry – Forward
- Chandler Parsons – Forward
- Alex Poythress – Forward
- John Collins – Forward
- Cam Reddish – Forward
- Jabari Parker – Forward
- Bruno Fernando – Forward
- Ray Spalding – Forward
- Zach Leday – Forward
- Charlie Brown Jr. – Forward
- Alex Len – Center
- Damian Jones – Center
- Isaac Humphries – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
Let’s look at the players that will carry most of the load for the Atlanta Hawks.
- Trae Young – Point Guard
- Kevin Huerter – Shooting Guard
- De’Andre Hunter – Small Forward
- John Collins – Power Forward
- Alex Len – Center
We had some uncertainties over some of the positions, but we believe that the Atlanta Hawks will bet on the youth. Trae Young is already an excellent passer and, if we judge him by the second part of last season, could become a point guard that’s similar to Curry.
However, he wasn’t efficient with his shooting in his rookie year, so he will need to improve his splits. The good news is that he will be playing alongside Kevin Huerter, who’s excellent from the outside.
John Collins and De’Andre Hunter will be the Hawks’ forwards, and they bring different things to the table. Collins is a threat from the paint and an excellent rebounder, while the rookie is probably the best defensive player in this starting lineup. He can guard multiple positions but also score from the outside.
The only player that’s above 23 is the center Alex Len. He’s a decent rim protector and an excellent rebounder that won’t contribute much to the offense.
The main issue with this starting lineup is their lack of experience. The young Hawks might look unstoppable in some games, but they will most likely lack the consistency for something special this season. This shouldn’t be an issue, though, as this team should peak in a couple of years.
Right now, the important thing is to develop the likes of Young, Hunter, Huerter, and the rest of the future core.
Depth and Bench
After some moves in the summer, the Atlanta Hawks actually could rely on a couple of interesting players from the bench. Chandler Parsons and Jabari Parker should get a lot of minutes and contribute on both ends of the court if they can stay fit.
Evan Turner, Allen Crabbe, and a couple of other guys should see play as well.
The team’s depth is decent, but it relies too much on guys that have bad injury records. This could become an issue for the Hawks.
Atlanta Hawks Staff in 2019-20
Here are the guys that will be responsible for getting the best out of the Atlanta Hawks players.
- Head Coach: Lloyd Pierce
- Coaching Staff: Melvin Hunt (Asst. Coach), Chris Jent (Asst. Coach), Greg Foster (Asst. Coach), Marlon Garnett (Asst. Coach), Matt Hill (Asst. Coach), Nate Babcock (Asst. Coach)
- Ownership: Tony Ressler (and a group of investors including Grant Hill)
- General Manager: Travis Schlenk
The Hawks decided to give Lloyd Pierce a chance, promoting him from assistant to head coach in 2018. The first season showed that Pierce is working well with young talents, so it will be interesting to see how far this group will go under him.
Atlanta Hawks Schedule in 2019-20
Each NBA team’s schedule has tougher moments that need to be taken into consideration if you decide to place some wagers. The Atlanta Hawks are not an exception, which is why we will analyze the schedule here once it’s released.
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Atlanta Hawks Overview and Key Info
The 2018-19 season marks the Atlanta Hawks’ 50th anniversary in Atlanta, Georgia. The franchise started well before then, though. The first games were played in Buffalo, New York, under the name Buffalo Bisons, before the team made four subsequent moves and settled into Atlanta.
The St. Louis era was the most prominent for the Hawks. The team made four NBA Finals appearances from 1957-1961, all against the Celtics. They went 1-3, winning their only NBA Championship to date in 1958 with head coach Alex Hannum in a 4-2 series victory against the team from Boston.
The present-day Hawks are trying to end a 60-year championship drought, the second-longest in the NBA aside from the Sacramento Kings. Lloyd Pierce replaced Mike Budenholzer for the 2018-19 season, becoming the Hawks’ 29th head coach in the franchise’s NBA history.
Let’s review the key facts about the Atlanta Hawks as an organization.
Atlanta Hawks – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- In Atlanta, Georgia, since 1968
- East Conference – Southeast Division
- State Farm Arena
- Minor League Team
- Erie BayHawks
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $1.15 Billion
Atlanta Hawks History
The Atlanta Hawks have a history that predates their acceptance into the NBA. Formerly known as the Buffalo Bisons, the team played their first 38 days in Buffalo, New York, with the NBL (National Basketball League).
While their accounting projections necessitated more than 3,500 fans a game to stay solvent, the average attendance of 1,000 wasn’t enough. The Buffalo team moved to Mobile, Illinois, and changed its name to the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.
After three seasons in Illinois, the Blackhawks became one of the first 17 NBA teams after the NBL-BAA merger in 1949. The Hawks franchise stats begin in 1949 with the NBA.
For two seasons as the NBA’s Tri-Cities Blackhawks, they had a third- and fifth-place finish and division semifinals loss to the Anderson Packers in 1950.
Just as Buffalo’s market didn’t support the inaugural team, Mobile was too small of a market to keep an NBA team afloat. So, in 1951, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and changed their name to the Milwaukee Hawks.
The Milwaukee atmosphere didn’t do much for the team’s performance on the court, and they struggled to get out of the Western Conference basement with two fifth-place and two fourth-place finishes from 1951-55.
The Hawks packed their bags once again, this time heading to St. Louis and 13 seasons that would be amongst the most memorable in the franchise’s history.
In 1955-56, the Hawks finished third and made it to the division finals. But the next season started a string of five consecutive first-place seasons. During that time, the Hawks made four trips to the NBA Finals, all against the Boston Celtics, and claimed one NBA Championship.
The St. Louis Hawks ended their 1958 regular season with a 41-31 (.569) record under head coach Alex Hannum and benefiting from the talented Bob Pettit. They defeated the Pistons in the Division Finals and went on to become 1958 NBA Champions after winning a 4-2 series against the Boston Celtics.
From 1962 through 1968, Harry Gallatin and Richie Guerin were the head coaches, and each was named NBA Coach of the Year for a season during their tenure. The Hawks closed out their St. Louis days with only one non-playoff year (1961-62).
In 1968, the Hawks relocated for the final time to date. This time, they were headed to Atlanta in search of a better home court and moved into the brand-new Omni Coliseum in 1972. After an eight-year playoff drought from 1999-2007, the Hawks have been in post-season action every year since then except for 2017-18.
The Hawks organization has retired seven numbers over the years, including number 59 for the Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, as well as the previous owner, Ted Turner. Player honorees include Bob Pettit, Dominique Wilkins, Lou Hudson, Pete Maravich, and Dikembe Mutombo.
Atlanta Hawks Championships and Playoffs
- 1 NBA Championship: 1958
- 4 West Conference Titles: 1961, 1960, 1958, 1957
- 0 East Conference Titles:
- 5 Division Titles: 2015, 1994, 1987, 1980, 1970
Home Court – State Farm Arena
- Inaugurated: 1999
- Renovated: 2017-18
- Capacity: 18,118
- Former Names: Philips Arena
Since moving to Atlanta, the Hawks have had a few venues for their home games. The primary reason for moving the team from St. Louis to Atlanta was to provide them with better accommodations, as St. Louis’ Kiel Auditorium was 33 years old and only had seating for 10,000 fans.
After the Hawks became the Atlanta Hawks, construction started on Omni Coliseum. But until 1972, the team played at Georgia Tech in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Omni, at the time, was a modern arena in downtown Atlanta and part of the complex that would eventually become CNN Center.
Philips Arena was completed in 1999 to replace Omni. The venue, recently renamed State Farm Arena, is used primarily for Hawks basketball but is also a premier concert facility in the Atlanta area. In 2015, when Tony Ressler purchased the Hawks, he also acquired the operating rights to Philips Arena. As the first order of business, the venue received a $200 million facelift.
The seating configuration at Philips was uniquely designed in that the luxury boxes were on one side and the standard seating on the other. The renovations removed the wall of suites, replacing them with a more conventional set-up.
The Zac Brown Band operates a bar and grill at the arena. Other additions include Topgolf suites and an in-arena barbershop owned by rapper Killer Mike.
- Venue Address: State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303
- Mailing Address: Atlanta Hawks, 101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA 30303
- Phone: 866-715-1500
Atlanta Hawks Head Coaches
Roger Potter was the first coach in 1949 when the Blackhawks became a member of the NBA. Potter put in seven games with a 1-6 record before Red Auerbach took over for part of the season.
Amongst the 29 coaches in the Hawks franchise history, three are on the NBA’s all-time top ten list, six have been named NBA Coach of the Year, and four are coaching Hall of Fame inductees. But with all of the talent and prestige, there’s only been one who has coached the Hawks to an NBA Championship.
Alex Hannum, who started as a player-coach in 1957 and then assumed full-time coaching responsibilities in 1957-58, led the team to their only NBA Championship in 1958, defeating the Boston Celtics (4-2).
Hannum only coached 103 games for the Hawks, compiling a 56-47 regular season and 16-7 playoff record. He went on to a second NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers, led by Wilt Chamberlain.
Holzman and Macauley
Red Holzman’s first coaching job was with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks from 1954-56. While Holzman is one of the top ten coaches in NBA history, he finished his stint with the Hawks under .500 before heading to the New York Knicks and two NBA championships.
Ed Macauley also started as a player/coach in 1958-59 and then coached full-time the next year. Macauley has the highest winning percentage of any Hawks head coach putting in at least a full season. Under his reign, the Hawks were 89-48 (.650) in regular-season play.
Coaches of the Year
Harry Gallatin (1962-63 season), Richie Guerin (1967-68), Hubie Brown (1977-78), Mike Fratello (1985-86), and Lenny Wilkens (1993-94) were all named NBA Coach of the Year for one season while in charge of the Atlanta Hawks.
Mike Budenholzer was the sixth NBA Coach of the Year from the Hawks franchise, in the 2014-15 season.
Budenholzer was in the head coaching spot from 2013-2018. He compiled a 213-197 regular-season record, and the team made the playoffs every year until 2017-18, including a conference semifinals and conference finals in 2014-15.
He resigned after the 2017-18 season and a 24-58 finish, passing the torch to the franchise’s 29th coach, Lloyd Pierce.
|The Last Ten Atlanta Hawks Head Coaches|
|28 ||2013-18||Mike Budenholzer||213-197||.520||15-14||.517||–|
|26 ||2004-10||Mike Woodson||206-286||.419||11-18||.379||–|
|23 ||1993-00||Lenny Wilkens||310-232||.572||17-30||.362||–|
|22 ||1990-93||Bob Weiss||124-122||.504||2-6||.250||–|
Atlanta Hawks Last Five Seasons
Here’s an overview of each of the Atlanta Hawks’ last five seasons.
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19|| Lloyd Pierce|| 5th||29-53 || .354||–|| John Collins (19.5)|
|2017-18||Mike Budenholzer||5th||24-58||.293||–||Dennis Schroder (19.4)|
|2016-17||Mike Budenholzer||2nd||43-39||.524||Lost First Round||Paul Millsap (18.1)|
|2015-16||Mike Budenholzer||2nd||48-34||.585||Lost Conf. Semifinals||Paul Millsap (17.1)|
|2014-15||Mike Budenholzer||1st||60-22||.732||Lost Conf. Finals||Paul Millsap (16.7)|
Atlanta Hawks All-Time Career Leaders
|Average Pts/Game||Dominique Wilkins||26.41||1982-1994|
|Assists ||Doc Rivers||3,866||1983-1991|
|Rebounds ||Bob Pettit||12,849||1954-1965|
Many consider Dominique Wilkins to be one of the best dunkers in NBA history. Wilkins was born to a military family stationed in Paris, France, but went to high school in North Carolina and was the SEC Player of the Year in 1981 at the University of Georgia.
He was the Utah Jazz’s third pick overall in the 1982 NBA draft but immediately traded to the Hawks and made his NBA debut with Atlanta in 1982. He was on the Hawks roster for 12 seasons from 1982-94. The small forward was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1983. Starting in 1986, he had All-Star status for nine consecutive seasons.
Wilkins was in the All-NBA First Team in 1986 and the NBA’s scoring champion that year. He holds the Hawks franchise record for career scoring with both 23,292 total points as well as 26.41 average points per game.
In 1992, Dominique set the NBA record for 23 free throws made in a game with no misses as well as 23 consecutive free throws made in a game. He also holds the NBA Playoff record for 47 points in game seven of the ’88 series versus the Celtics.
After the Hawks, Wilkins played for the Celtics, Spurs, and Euroleague. He played his last season with the Orlando Magic along with his brother, Gerald. Wilkins’ number 21 was retired by the Atlanta Hawks, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Doc Rivers is the current head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers. But in his playing days, he set the Hawks’ franchise record for assists with 3,866. The point guard was selected by the Hawks in the second round of the 1983 draft and played for Atlanta through 1991.
Rivers had previously played for Marquette and was named USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1982. His number 31 was also retired by Marquette.
During his NBA playing career, he was a 1988 All-Star and won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1990 for “outstanding service and dedication to the community.” Rivers went on to play for the Clippers, Knicks, and Spurs before beginning his coaching career with the Magic in 1989.
Bob Pettit was a career-Hawk, having spent all 11 NBA seasons with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks from 1954-1965. Pettit was the Hawks’ round-one pick (second overall) in the 1954 NBA draft. At LSU, he was Consensus First-Team All-American in ’54.
The power forward/center was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1955 and started his string of 11 NBA All-Star games that season, four times named the game’s MVP. Pettit was a ten-time All-NBA First Team and twice named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (’56 and ’59). In addition to being the Hawks’ all-time rebounds leader with 12,849, he’s second to Dominique Wilkins for all-time points with 20,880.
Pettit recorded a (then) playoff record of 50 points in the Hawks’ 110-109 game six victory over the Celtics, clinching the Hawks’ one and only NBA Championship title in 1958. Pettit retired after the 1965 season. He’s been named to the NBA’s 25th and 35 Anniversary Teams as well as 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
The Hawks retired his #9, and he’s a member of both the College and Naismith Memorial Basketball Halls of Fame.
Tony Ressler is listed as the owner of the Hawks, but he’s the head of an investment group that also includes seven-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Grant Hill.
Three Hawks coaches are on the NBA’s top ten coaches in history list, including two “Reds” – Red Auerbach (1949-50) and Red Holzman (1954-56) – and Lenny Wilkens (1993-2000).
The Hawks’ franchise inaugural team, the Buffalo Bisons, only played 38 days before moving to Illinois and changing their name to the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.
While the St. Louis Hawks won an NBA Championship, the Atlanta Hawks have never made it past the second round of the playoffs.
The Atlanta Hawks mascot is named Skyhawk.