Portland Trail Blazers vs Atlanta Hawks Predictions, NBA Picks 2/29/2020
Game: Portland Trail Blazers vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Atlanta
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta -1
Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks (17-43, 5th in the Southeast Division) host the Portland Trail Blazers (26-34, 4th in the Northwest Division) at State Farm Arena on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The line on this matchup has Atlanta as 1 point favorites. The O/U opens at 224.
The Blazers are covering the spread 41.4% of the time, having gone 24-34-2 ATS. Atlanta is covering 45.8% of the time, going 27-32-1 against the spread.
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/25/19 PF Zach Collins Shoulder is out indefinitely
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
10/19/19 C Jusuf Nurkic Leg is out indefinitely
02/19/20 PG Damian Lillard Groin is out indefinitely
Key Atlanta Hawks Injuries
02/28/20 PG Trae Young Illness is probable Friday vs Brooklyn
02/27/20 SG DeAndre' Bembry Abdominal is downgraded to out Friday vs Brooklyn
02/27/20 C Dewayne Dedmon Elbow is out indefinitely
02/27/20 C Damian Jones Illness is questionable Friday vs Brooklyn
02/19/20 C Clint Capela Heel is out indefinitely
01/05/20 PF Skal Labissiere Knee is out indefinitely
CJ McCollum comes into this game averaging 22.0 points per contest while playing 35.9 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 4.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 75%. Carmelo Anthony averages 15.5 points per contest in 32.7 minutes per game. He averages 1.5 assists per game and 6.4 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Trae Young scores 30.1 points per contest while playing 35.5 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.4 rebounds per contest and has 9.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 86%. John Collins averages 21.0 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 10.2 rebounds per game and has 1.4 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 58% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
Portland averages 113.0 points per contest, which is 11th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 22nd. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 6th in the NBA. They average 45.6 boards per contest and 20.0 assists per game, which ranks them 11th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 27th with 12.9 per game. The Blazers allow 115.2 points per contest, which is 25th in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 10th and 28th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 47.9 rebounds a game which ranks 30th, and they allow 24.3 assists per game which puts them in 15th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Atlanta is 18th in the NBA with 110.7 points per contest this season. They are 23rd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -8.45. They shoot 33% from beyond the arc, which is good for 30th in the league. They are 23rd in the NBA in rebounding with 43.0 boards per contest and 20th in assists per game with 23.5. The Hawks are 2nd in turnovers per contest with 16.3. The Hawks give up 119.2 points per game, which ranks them 29th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 25th and 19th in those defensive statistics. They rank 19th with 24.8 dimes allowed per game and 28th with 47.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Hawks are 20th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per contest this year.
The Blazers are 12th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.7, and their defensive rating of 113.9 is ranked 27th. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 100.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 20th. As a team they are 19th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league. Portland is 27th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 17th in the league.
Atlanta is 4th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 7th in the NBA. The Hawks are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 114.4, and their offensive rating of 106.3 is ranked 28th. They are 4th in the NBA in pace with 103.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 25th. As a unit they are 22nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 13th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Blazers/Hawks NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Atlanta -1
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