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Evaluating the Atlanta Hawks at the All-Star Break

We examine the Hawks going into the All-Star Break, looking at some futures betting lines, injuries and one player to watch in fantasy basketball.

Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The NBA Trade Deadline and All-Star Weekend have come and gone, so that means we’re in the home stretch of the 2019-20 NBA season. In this serious post-All-Star Break, we’ll go over the outlook for every team in the NBA. Here, we’ll provide a short glimpse at championship odds and playoff chances for each team on DraftKings Sportsbook. Also highlighted are key injuries to note and a fantasy basketball player to watch the rest of the season.

Where do the Atlanta Hawks stand at the All-Star Break?

Record: 15-41
Playoff Chances: 0%
Championship Odds: +50000
Division Odds: +50000
Conference Championship winner: +50000
Rookie of the Year odds: De’Andre Hunter (+10000), Cam Reddish (+25000), Bruno Fernando (+25000)

The Hawks are among the worst teams in the NBA and are out of the playoff picture at 14th in the Eastern Conference, 9.5 games out of the eighth seed. By point differential, the Hawks are the third worst team in the league, being outscored by opponents by about eight points per 100 possessions. The Hawks’ defense has been foul, posting the third worst possession adjusted team defense while allowing opponents to shoot the third highest field goal percentage. Atlanta has been poor on the glass, ranking as the league’s fourth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded. Because the Hawks combine a foul defense with a fast pace, they generally make for a highly appealing fantasy opponent to target in DraftKings contests. Offensively, the Hawks have also been very poor, ranking as the sixth worst offense by points scored per possession.

The Hawks were busy at the trade deadline in an effort to plug up some of their deficiencies. The Hawks traded for three bigs, bringing back Dewayne Dedmon, trading for Skal Labissiere and participating in a four-team trade that brought former Rockets C Clint Capela to Atlanta. Capela ranks as the league’s seventh best rebounder by the percentage of missed shots rebounded, and slotting him next to John Collins in the frontcourt should improve Atlanta on the boards.

Prediction: The Hawks showcase improvement towards the end of the season with Capela in the starting lineup.

Key Injuries for Atlanta Hawks

C Clint Capela (heel) — DTD
PF/C Skal Labissiere (knee) — out indefinitely

Capela, who has yet to make his Hawks debut to a heel injury he suffered with the Rockets, hopes to return after the All-Star break. Once he is able to play, he is expected to slide into the starting center slot that has primarily been occupied by Damian Jones lately, although Dewayne Dedmon started the Hawks’ most recent game prior to the All-Star break. Bruno Fernando has also seen starts at times this season, and Capela’s eventual debut makes Fernando a candidate to see less playing time.

Fantasy basketball spotlight: Trae Young

In a yucky season for the Hawks, Young has been a superstar and gives the franchise an elite core piece to build around going forward. Young’s 24.4 player efficiency rating is 14th best among all players and third best at point guard. Young has been one of the most productive fantasy players, averaging 51.5 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) per game on the back of big volume. Young’s 34% usage rate is fourth highest among starters, and the heavy usage combined with the sixth most 3-point attempts has contributed to Young averaging 30 points per game, third most among all players. Once Capela is able to play, Young could find more success in the pick-and-roll with Capela. Young leads the NBA in field goal attempts in the pick-and-roll, with 15 of his possessions per game coming via the PNR.

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