The Las Vegas oddsmakers have offered their initial NBA win total numbers ahead of the 2021-22 season, so it is time to see where the Atlanta Hawks stack up. In 2020-21, Atlanta beat their preseason number soundly, winning 41 games after most books projected them to be in the mid 30s. For 2021-22, Ceasars Sportsbook has the Hawks just outside the top-10 in their projected win totals.
Wolves, Wizards 33.5— David Bearman ESPN (@DBearmanESPN) August 20, 2021
Rockers, Pistons 25.5
The Hawks and Boston Celtics both sit at the 46.5 number, right behind the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets, but ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers (who are projected to be without star forward Kawhi Leonard for much of not all of 2021-22) and Portland Trail Blazers, who are perhaps a Damian Lillard trade request away from the NBA’s cellar.
Atlanta being tied with the Celtics comes as a bit of a surprise, as Boston lost both of their starting guards from last season, Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, to the New York Knicks. The Knicks, interestingly enough, sit at 41.5 with the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies despite adding to a team that finished with the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.
The Hawks and Knicks were both better than the Celtics last season, and Boston hasn’t done much to replace the production they lost from Walker and Fournier. These projections are meant to drive action more so than be exactly right, so keep that in mind as well. The action can and will change these numbers ahead of the season, and for what it’s worth, I see more people betting the over than the under for Atlanta. The Hawks were one of the better teams in the East following the coaching change to Nate McMillan, and battled an array of injuries last season. In theory, a healthy Hawks group should be a 50-win team in the 82-game format, which returns for the 2021-22 season.