The Atlanta Hawks finished the previous season at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 24-58 record (16-25 at home, 8-33 on the road), so this summer, they decided to trade their best player Dennis Schroder to the Oklahoma City Thunder and start rebuilding the roster. The Hawks got Carmelo Anthony from the Thunder, but waived him immediately, waiting for the next summer free agency to try signing some of the available superstars, while Lloyd Pierce has been named as the new head coach after Mike Budenholzer left the team to join the Bucks.
It probably means that Atlanta will be tanking the upcoming 2018-19 season in order to get the highest possible draft pick, so let’s see what else can the bettors expect from the Hawks this year, and check out the latest futures and props on BetDSI Sportsbook.
Atlanta Hawks Futures Odds
Win Total Over/Under at 23.5: Over -120; Under +100
To Win the Southeast Division at +3300
To Win the Eastern Conference at +10000
To Win the NBA Championship at +95000
To Make NBA Playoffs: YES +1200, NO -2500 (Bet365 Sportsbook)
Atlanta Hawks Player Movement
Draft: Trae Young (No. 5 Pick), Kevin Huerter (No. 19 Pick), Omari Spellman (No. 30 Pick)
Added: Jeremy Lin (trade with Brooklyn Nets), Justin Anderson (trade with Philadelphia 76ers), Alex Len (free agency, Phoenix Suns), Vince Carter (free agency, Sacramento Kings)
Lost: Dennis Schroder (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder), Mike Muscala (traded to Philadelphia 76ers), Carmelo Anthony (waived), Isaiah Taylor (waived), Antonius Cleveland (waived), Damion Lee (signed with the Golden State Warriors)
Unrestricted Free Agents: Malcolm Delaney, Josh Magette, Tyler Cavanaugh, Andrew White III
The Hawks selected Luka Doncic with the 3rd overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft, trading the 19-year old Slovenian to the Dallas Mavericks for the 5th overall pick Trae Young. After they sent Dennis Schroder to Oklahoma, the Hawks desperately needed a replacement at point guard, and the 19-year old Trae Young could be a great choice. Young spent one year in the NCAA playing at the University of Oklahoma where he averaged 27.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 8.7 assists in 35.4 minutes per game, leading the nation in both points and assists. He possesses great ball-handling skills, while his quickness allows him to create shots, doing most of the damage from beyond the arc. Likewise, Young knows how to find the open man, so the Hawks are pretty excited about his arrival. Has a lot of room to improve his defense, and in Atlanta, he should get enough minutes to learn all necessary things.
The shooting guard Kevin Huerter was selected with the 19th overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft, and the former Maryland sophomore should be another solid addition to the Hawks roster. Huerter averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in two years with the Terrapins, shooting 46.6% from the field and 39.4 from beyond the arc, establishing himself as one of the best spot-up shooters in the country. He already has the NBA rang which should get him some instant minutes in the rookie season, but Huerter needs to work hard on his defense if he wants to claim the regular spot in the Hawks’ rotation. The 21-year old power forward from Villanova Omari Spellman has been selected with the 30th overall pick and in his only season at college, Spellman averaged 10.9 points and 8.0 assists on 47.6% shooting from the field and 43.3% from downtown. The Hawks will use Spellman to space the floor, while the rookie is a solid rebounder, too, but need to improve his defense.
The Atlanta Hawks traded Dennis Schroder to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the German playmaker was the key guy in the previous two seasons. Last year, Schroder played in 67 games, averaging 19.4 points and 6.2 assists, but the 24-year old point guard wanted to play in a more competitive team than the Hawks, so insisted on a trade. Atlanta also lost the 27-years old center Mike Muscala who spent five years with the Hawks, recording 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Atlanta Hawks 2018-19 Roster
Taurean Prince was the Hawks’ best player last year alongside Schroder, and the 24-year old wing made a superb breakthrough in his second NBA season. In his rookie year in Atlanta, Prince played 16.6 minutes per game, recording 5.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.9 assists, while last season, he averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists, shooting 42.6% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc. Taurean was one of the eight players in the league who started in all 82 games, hitting 176 threes with an excellent shot percent while leading the Hawks in minutes played. He needs to improve in some areas, particularly in passing and driving the lane. All in all, Taurean Prince is one of the most exciting prospects in the Eastern Conference and will lead the Hawks this season.
Kent Bazemore will be the starting shooting guard, and last year, he played in 65 games, all as a starter, averaging 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while hitting 42.0% of his field goals and 39.4% of 3-pointers. Bazemore is the Hawks’ main defensive stopper, having 1.5 steals per game last year, but he has to improve offensively, especially when he needs to finish around the basket. Along with the rookie Kevin Huerter, the experienced Vince Carter will be Bazemore’s backup, and the young Hawks’ core should learn a lot from the eight-time All-Star who recorded 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 58 games with the Kings last season.
In the paint, the Atlanta Hawks will have some interesting options, but Dewayne Dedmon should be the starting center. Dedmon played 62 games last year, 46 of them as a starter, recording 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game. He transformed himself to the starting center after playing secondary roles for four years in the league, while Dedmon started to shot threes last year, hitting 35.5% of his 3-pointers while taking 2.3 shots per game. Dedmon was always an appreciated defender, but he proved that hard work at the offensive end will pay off eventually. John Collins will probably start at power forward, and the 19th overall pick from the 2017 NBA Draft had a nice rookie season with 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while hitting 57.6% of his field goals.
Players Under Contract:
Jeremy Lin (PG), Trae Young (PG)
Kent Bazemore (SG), Vince Carter (SG), Kevin Huerter (SG), Tyler Dorsey (SG)
Taurean Prince (SF), DeAndre Bembry (SF), Justin Anderson (SF)
John Collins (PF), Omari Spellman (PF)
Dewayne Dedmon (C), Miles Plumlee (C), Alex Len (C)
Win Total Prediction and Betting Picks
The Hawks will certainly fail to make it to the post-season, so +1200 odds are set on Atlanta to finish among the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference. Although they have some talented players among the squad, the Hawks should struggle to win games, but the line on the win total at 23.5 games on 5Dimes Sportsbook will be a tricky one to beat. Wagering on the under should be a better option, as the Hawks could easily tank the 2018-19 NBA season.
The rookie head coach Lloyd Pierce is another mystery here, and we’ll see if the former 76ers’ assistant is up to the task. The bettors should expect a lot of experimenting, so beating the spread against the Hawks during the season should be another betting option. However, the bettors should pay attention to rookie playmaker Trae Young who could make an immediate impact this year, while +1000 odds are set on Trae to win the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year Award which sounds like an attractive offer.
The Pick: Under 23.5 (+100)
Prediction: 15th in the Eastern Conference, 5th in the Southeast Division