Portland Trail Blazers vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 3/3/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Portland Trail Blazers vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Atlanta
State Farm Arena is where the Atlanta Hawks will take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
The Trail Blazers played the Pelicans and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 121-110 in their last contest. With respect to personal fouls, the Trail Blazers finished with 18 while the Pelicans recorded 20 personal fouls. They buried 9 out of their 25 attempts from three-point range. New Orleans finished the game at 87.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 20 of their 23 attempts. In addition, New Orleans totaled 41 rebounds (11 offensive, 30 defensive) and got 8 rejections. New Orleans earned 23 assists and had 9 steals in the matchup. With regard to defending, Portland allowed the other team to go 51.7% from the floor on 46 of 89 shooting. They also recorded 18 dimes for the contest while creating 6 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Regarding hauling in boards, they collected 41 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. At the free throw line, the Trail Blazers buried 27 of their 29 shots for a rate of 93.1%. Portland wrapped up the contest with a 44.4% field goal percentage (36 out of 81) and converted 11 of their 38 three-point attempts.
Damian Lillard is one player who was a major factor for this contest. Lillard went 54.5% from the field but had no dimes when the game ended. He played 39 mins and totaled 8 rebounds. He walked away with 41 points on 12 of 22 shooting.
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Portland enters this matchup with a record of 29-33 this season. They have an average of 114.9 points per contest (14th in basketball) while going 48.1% from the floor. The Trail Blazers are connecting on 37.5% on three-point shots (815 of 2,173) and 80.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Portland is collecting 41.2 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 1,496 dimes on the year, which is 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest and as a unit they commit 20.5 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Trail Blazers have forced 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 21.3 fouls. They currently rank 21st in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,617 relinquished so far this year. The Trail Blazers are allowing a field goal percentage of 48.6% (2,627 of 5,409) and they surrender 41.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They concede 37.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 19th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (115.5).
In their last game, the Hawks went home defeated by a final of 119-116 against the Wizards. The Hawks were able to snag 29 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 42 for the matchup. They turned it over 9 times, while getting 4 steals for the matchup. The Wizards were called for 15 fouls for this contest which took the Hawks to the charity stripe for 19 shots. They were able to bury 17 of the free throws for a clip of 89.5%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, Atlanta converted 13 of their 35 tries (37.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Hawks finished shooting 43 for 93 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.2%. The Hawks allowed the Wizards to convert 48 of 97 tries from the floor which had them at 49.5% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 28.6% from 3-point land by going 6 out of 21 and finished the contest at 17 out of 20 from the charity stripe (85.0%). In regard to attacking the glass, Atlanta allowed Washington to snag 48 in total (16 on the offensive side).
Trae Young ended up being important for the Hawks for this contest. He buried 11 out of 26 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 42.3%, and had 2 rebounds. Young had 31 points in his 34 minutes on the court and tallied 7 dimes in this game.
Atlanta has a record of 31-31 for the season. The Hawks are responsible for committing 19.0 fouls per contest and they go 81.9% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 24.6 times per game (20th in the NBA) and they turn it over 12.7 times per game. Atlanta has tallied 7,248 points for the season (116.9 per game) and they pull down 43.9 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Hawks are hitting on 47.9% from the field, which ranks them 11th in the NBA.
The Atlanta defense gives up 34.9% on shots from beyond the arc (727 of 2,084) and opponents are connecting on 80.8% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 25.4 assists and 45.3 rebounds per game, which is ranked 14th and 26th in basketball. The Hawks on the defensive end are ranked 22nd in the league in PPG given up with 117.0. They are forcing 14.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the floor (21st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Portland
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