Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 4/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+2.5)
The San Antonio Spurs (23-21) host the Atlanta Hawks (23-24) at AT&T Center on Thursday. Atlanta opens this matchup as 2.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 219.
The Atlanta Hawks faced the Phoenix Suns and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 117-110 in their last game. Atlanta ended the game having earned a 48.2% FG percentage (41 out of 85) and buried 13 out of their 32 shots from distance. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Hawks converted 15 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 71.4%. When talking about rebounding, they compiled 36 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 30 assists in the game while forcing 13 turnovers and getting 9 steals. With respect to the defense, Atlanta allowed the other team to go 51.1% from the field on 45 of 88 shooting. Phoenix distributed 27 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. Additionally, Phoenix totaled 49 boards (11 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 1 block. Phoenix finished the game at 83.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 15 of their 18 attempts. They converted 12 out of their 32 tries from downtown.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is one guy who was important in the matchup. He left the arena with 22 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He played 37:11 mins played and also snagged 4 rebounds. Bogdanovic went 44.4% from the field and also earned 6 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this game for the Hawks was Trae Young. He grabbed 2 rebounds in his 32:33 min played on the night. He finished the contest at 31.3% from the floor for the game by hitting 5-of-16 (19 points). In all, Young had 13 assists.
Atlanta comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 23-24 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 112.4 points per outing (15th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.0% from the floor. The Hawks are shooting 36.4% on shots from 3-point land (591 of 1,624) and 81.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Atlanta is pulling down 45.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,140 assists on the year, which ranks 18th in the league in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 13.7 times per game and as a group they commit 19.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Hawks have forced 12.5 turnovers per game while drawing 20.2 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 16th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,130 conceded this year. The Hawks are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.0% (587 of 951) and they surrender 42.7 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are giving up 35.1% from 3-point land and they are ranked 14th in the NBA in PPG allowed (111.1).
The last time they took the court, the San Antonio Spurs went home defeated by a final of 132-115 when they played the Sacramento Kings. The Spurs were able to corral 29 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 41 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 5 steals for this contest. The Kings earned 15 personal fouls in this game which got the Spurs to the free throw line for a total of 14 tries. They were able to convert 11 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 78.6%. When discussing shots from distance, San Antonio made 10 out of 27 tries (37.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Spurs went 47 out of 93 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.5%. The Spurs permitted the Kings to convert 47 out of 84 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 56.0% in this matchup. They shot 50.0% from distance by going 18 of 36 and walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 25 from the free throw line (80.0%). When talking about rebounding, San Antonio permitted Sacramento to collect 37 in all (4 on the offensive side).
Dejounte Murray was important for the Spurs in this contest. He converted 11 out of 18 in this game for a rate of 61.1%, and accumulated 8 rebounds. Murray tallied 23 points in his 33:15 minutes on the court and added 7 assists in this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for San Antonio was Derrick White. He ended up finishing with 1 assist in 31:54 mins on the court, and he put in 7 of 11 from the floor. White wrapped this one up going 63.6% from the field while also earning 19 points and 3 total rebounds.
San Antonio has a win-loss record of 23-21 on the campaign. The Spurs have committed 17.4 personal fouls every game and they go 78.5% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 24.4 times per contest (17th in the NBA) and they turn it over 11.4 times per game. San Antonio has accumulated 4,820 points on the year (109.5 per contest) and they pull in 43.8 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Spurs are shooting 46.0% from the field, which ranks them 20th in the league. The Spurs on defense are ranked 11th in the NBA in PPG given up with 110.7. They are forcing 13.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.6% from the field (14th in the league). The San Antonio defense allows 37.8% on 3-point shots (563 of 1,490) and opponents are converting on 75.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 24.6 assists and 47.6 total boards per game, which ranks them 16th and 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Antonio (-2.5)
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