Atlanta is now in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since its 60-win season in 2015. That Hawks team had four All-Stars and even had the entire lineup be named as the Player of the Week during the regular season. This iteration of the Hawks is much different than that one. The 2021 Hawks are actually different from every team that made the Conference Finals in the past 27 years.
They don’t have an All-Star.
While Trae Young was putting up great numbers, the Hawks were irrelevant at the All-Star break, making it easier to leave Young off the roster. Prior to the All-Star break, Young was averaging 26.4 points, 9.4 assists and shooting 37.8% from downtown.
Atlanta fired Lloyd Pierce and went to Nate McMillan and began to see its season turnaround. Now, the Hawks are four wins away from the NBA Finals.
WynnBET is projecting the Hawks have a tough time doing so. Atlanta is a +375 underdog to the Milwaukee Bucks. In order for Atlanta to pull the upset off, Young and the rest of the crew will need to step up. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who’s been the Hawks’ second-best player, is dealing with a sore knee. He was a game-time decision for Game 7 and the Hawks need to stay afloat while he gets back to full strength.
Milwaukee is a -500 favorite. The odds are highly in its favor. Yet, this Hawks team has proven their grit and toughness to find a way to get the job done. If the Bucks don’t respect that, we could be talking about the Hawks hosting an NBA Finals game.