The Atlanta Hawks became one of the hotter betting teams in the NBA with last season’s success. This was highlighted by a stunning run all the way to the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals.
Atlanta Hawks Team Overview
The origins of one of the league’s older franchises dates back to the 1950’s. While the team has always been known as the Hawks, it has made a few stops along the way.
From 1951 until 1954, the Hawks called Milwaukee home. Following that season, the team played its next 13 NBA seasons in St. Louis. This span marks the only NBA title in franchise history when the Hawks won the 1958 championship.
Ahead of the 1968/1969 season, the Hawks relocated to its current nesting grounds in Atlanta. While the team has qualified for the playoffs in a number of different seasons over the years, most of those efforts resulted in an early exit from the postseason.
The limited highlight reel for the Hawks includes an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015 and last year’s trip to that same series. This is one of the few established NBA teams that has never reached the NBA Finals.
A few of the most famous Hawks from the past include Dominique Wilkins and Dikembe Mutombo. These were two of the best big men to play the game. Current team fortunes are heavily tied to 6-foot-1 guard Trae Young.
As one of the up-and-coming stars in the NBA, Young deserves most of the credit for Atlanta’s success last season. Still, most users betting on Hawks games tend to go against Atlanta as an underdog.
When betting on the Hawks, a typical NBA bet is a spread bet. For example, if the Hawks are the underdog and their point spread is set at +2.5, that means that if they lose the game, a spread bet on the Hawks will still pay out if they lose by 2 points or less. If they win outright, you win the bet.
A legislative effort is underway in Georgia to bring legal sports betting to the state. However, it could still take a few years for legal betting to become a reality. The only legal way to bet on the Atlanta Hawks is through a licensed sportsbook operator in any of the states that are offering legal betting on sports.
Betting on sports online remains illegal in Georgia.