NBA Betting: Hawks Better Off Without Paul Millsap?

Jason Lake

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 2:52 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 2:52 PM UTC

The new-look Atlanta Hawks have struggled at times this year, but will they do better against the NBA odds if they get rid of Paul Millsap before the trade deadline? He is reportedly on the block.

Season Record: 4-1 ATS, 0-2 ML (-2.00 units)

Ah, those pesky Atlanta Hawks. They made us look silly by beating the Detroit Pistons and then they went and beat the San Antonio Spurs in overtime. Make up your minds, Atlanta. Are you the team that started the season on fire, or are you the team that carried a 1-10 SU and 2-8 ATS slump into early December?

They might not be either team before long. Word has it the Hawks are trying to trade Millsap (+2.8 BPM) before he becomes a free agent. Not just Millsap, but also Kyle Korver (-0.4 BPM) and Thabo Sefolosha (+1.9 BPM). Atlanta is still feeling the sting of losing Al Horford (+4.1 BPM) to the Boston Celtics in free agency, and Millsap says he’s going to opt out of the final year of his contract so it might already be time to pull the chute on the 2016-17 campaign.


The Dwighty South

If Millsap does get moved, could the Hawks actually become a better NBA pick? His production level is down now that Horford is gone and Dwight Howard (+2.9 BPM) is playing center; Millsap posted a career-high +5.3 BPM last year, and led the NBA with 6.0 Defensive Win Shares. None of that is happening right now with Howard in town.

Atlanta’s asking price for Millsap is said to be way too high, so it’s all hypothetical for now. But keep an eye on the news wires, and be prepared to pounce on the NBA odds board if the Hawks get a good haul in return for their veteran All-Star.

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