Atlanta Hawks: 100-1

We make a jump one doesn’t feel nearly enough.
Ahead of Al Horford went down with (another) torn pectoral final year, Mike Budenholzer’s birds were 16-13, looking like the third-best team in the East. After dropping its best player, Atlanta closed out the year with a 22-31 mark.
Obviously, because the East was the East, the Hawks made the playoffs.
Horford is looking just fine in preseason play and healthy this season . Additionally, Paul Millsap is currently playing for a contract, Jeff Teague remains one of the least appreciated talents of the league and Thabo Sefolosha is in town to deliver some perimeter defense that is stifling.
Nobody is saying the Hawks are a lot of world-beaters, however they feel like postseason locks. And they may well finish among the conference’s top four.
In the minimum, they’ll jack a lot of threes (just the Houston Rockets attempted more in 2013-14) and take care of the ball (Atlanta’s assist-to-turnover ratio had been next best in the East). That’s a recipe for success.
Don’t sleep on the Hawks.

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