Bradford Doolittle takes an early look at projected schedule strength. As one might expect, the toughest projected schedules tend to belong to the worst teams in the Western Conference and the easiest schedules tend to belong to the better teams* in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks' schedule ranks 15th-hardest in the league and the 4th-hardest in the East.
*And Charlotte. Larry Brown's second year, a favorable schedule...might not be a bad idea to bump the Bobcats' prediction up a couple of wins.