#Betting101: Tank-Watching the Atlanta Hawks

Jason Lake

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 9:25 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 9:25 PM UTC

With a dozen games left in the regular season, the Atlanta Hawks have rekindled their joy of losing. How long will they keep thumbing their nose at the NBA odds board?

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It’s too bad the NBA playoffs are just around the corner. We only have a few weeks left to take advantage of all these teams who are racing to the bottom of the standings, hoping to improve their chances in the draft lottery. Let’s take a moment to review all the lovely floats we’ve covered in this year’s tank parade.

Dallas Mavericks: After Mark Cuban spilled the beans on his tanking mission, and given the #MeToo problems in their front office, we were worried the Mavs would try winning instead. At press time, they’re 4-8 SU and 7-5 ATS since Cuban got fined $600,000 for preaching The Process.

Phoenix Suns: Bless this mess. The Suns are phoning it in like true professionals, with eight straight losses at 2-6 ATS since we shone the spotlight on them.

Memphis Grizzlies: It has been only a week since we officially started watching the Grizz; they’re 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS in our small sample size, but maybe the league’s front office got to them after that epic tank job against Chicago on March 15. Memphis covered its next two games.

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Oh, Memphis. Don’t let that mean Mr. Silver push you around. But if you’re going to ease your foot off the gas pedal, maybe the Atlanta Hawks will do our NBA picks a solid and keep up the bad work. At press time they were on a six-game losing streak at 1-5 ATS, taking over last place in the Eastern Conference and third-worst overall at 20-50 SU and 34-34-2 ATS.

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My lord, Justin Holiday and Kent Bazemore are too good to play during this shameless tank race.

But hey, good thing this isn’t impacting the product or integrity of the game!

— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) March 12, 2018
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Bad things were expected from the Hawks this year, but not this bad. Pinnacle had their over/under at 25.5 wins; Andrew Johnson’s Highly Plausible Win Projections at Nylon Calculus had Atlanta pegged at 34.6 wins.

The Hawks need six wins the rest of the way to reach the "over." It could happen, but with six players on the injured list and only four home games remaining, don’t count on it. Instead, get ready to load up when Atlanta visits Houston on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. It will be their fourth game in six days during an epic West Coast road trip. Scour the NBA odds board for the best price you can get on Houston, and may the sphere be with you.

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