Phoenix Suns vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 5/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Bally Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-2.5)
The Atlanta Hawks (36-30) host the Phoenix Suns (46-18) at State Farm Arena on Wednesday. Atlanta opens this contest as 2.5-point dogs. The total opens at 227.5.
The Phoenix Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Oklahoma City Thunder and earned the victory with a final of 123-120 in their last game. Phoenix walked away from the contest with a 53.6% field goal percentage (45 out of 84) and buried 12 out of their 31 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Suns knocked down 21 of 27 tries for a percentage of 77.8%. Pertaining to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 39 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 27 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and having 9 steals. In terms of defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 48.9% from the field on 45 of 92 shooting. Oklahoma City recorded 23 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. Furthermore, Oklahoma City collected 47 rebounds (17 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 7 blocks. Oklahoma City finished shooting 70.8% at the charity stripe by making 17 of 24 shots. They knocked down 13 out of their 30 tries from long range.
Devin Booker is one guy who had an impact for this game. He walked away with 32 points on 11 of 22 shooting. He was on the court for 36:26 mins and also pulled down 3 boards. Booker finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor and earned 6 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Suns was Torrey Craig. He snagged 10 rebounds in his 30:59 minutes on the court. He finished the contest at 80.0% from the floor for the matchup via 8-of-10 (18 points). Overall, Craig earned 1 assist.
Phoenix will enter this contest with a record of 46-18 on the campaign. They are turning it over 12.9 times per game and as a team are committing 19.1 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling down 43.2 boards per contest and has accounted for 1,720 dimes on the season, which is 7th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Suns are shooting 37.3% on three-point shots (830 of 2,224) and 82.5% from the free throw line. They average 114.5 points per contest (9th in the NBA) while hitting 48.9% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Suns have forced 13.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.0 fouls. They are ranked 1st in basketball in giving up assists with 1,431 conceded so far this season. The Suns defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.2% (876 of 1,151) and they surrender 42.9 boards per contest as a group. They concede 35.3% on shots from downtown while they are 7th in basketball in opponents PPG (108.4).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Atlanta Hawks took home the win by a final score of 123-114 when they faced the Portland Blazers. The Hawks were able to collect 44 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 for this game. They turned it over 11 times, while recording 6 steals in this matchup. The Blazers were called for 15 fouls in this game which took the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a clip of 83.3%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, Atlanta converted 20 of 41 tries (48.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Hawks ended up shooting 44 out of 84 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.4%. The Hawks allowed the Blazers to bury 43 out of their 95 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.3% for the game. They finished the game shooting 41.5% from three-point range by hitting 17 of 41 and ended up shooting 11 out of 14 from the free throw line (78.6%). Regarding rebounding, Atlanta allowed Portland to grab 39 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Bogdan Bogdanovic ended up being a factor for the Hawks in the game. He knocked down 9 out of 17 for the game for a field goal rate of 52.9%, and tallied 3 rebounds. Bogdanovic scored 25 points in his 32:07 mins of playing time and accumulated 3 dimes in this matchup. Someone else that was pivotal for Atlanta was Trae Young. He finished with 11 dimes in his 35:06 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 6 of 16 from the floor. Young finished going 37.5% from the field while also notching 21 points and 6 rebounds.
Atlanta has a record of 36-30 so far this season. The Hawks have committed 19.5 personal fouls every game and they connect on 81.1% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 23.9 times per contest (21st in the league) and they turn it over 13.4 times per contest. Atlanta has 7,440 points this year (112.7 per contest) and they snag 45.4 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Hawks are hitting on 46.3% from the floor, which is ranked 19th in basketball. The Hawks defensively are ranked 15th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.4. They relinquish 24.2 assists and 42.8 boards per contest, which ranks them 8th and 9th in the league. The Atlanta defense allows 34.9% on 3-pointers (786 of 2,254) and their opposition makes 80.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 12.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.4% from the floor (13th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (-2.5)
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