NBA Predictions: Hawks at Spurs Odds and Picks
by Dave Schwab - 12/2/2013
The Atlanta Hawks will try and take their record back over .500 this Monday night with a trip the AT&T Center to tangle with the San Antonio Spurs. Tip-off for this inter-conference clash is set for 8:30 p.m. (ET), and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
The Hawks fell to 9-9 straight up on the year after Saturday night’s 108-101 loss to Washington as 4.5-point road underdogs. They are now 10-8 against the spread overall, with a 5-5 ATS record on the road this season. The total has gone “over” in six of the 10 road games.
San Antonio is now 1-2 SU in its last three games with Saturday’s 112-106 loss to Houston as a 6.5-point home favorite. This mini-slide followed an 11-game winning streak. The Spurs are 14-3 SU on the year with a 7-1 SU record at home. They are 9-8 ATS and with a 4-4 ATS record at home. The total has gone over in five of those eight home games.
Hawks at Spurs Betting Storylines
Atlanta has been a middle-of-the-road team in the NBA when it comes to scoring and shooting the ball. They are averaging 98.7 points a game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three-point range. The Hawks are ranked near the bottom of the league under the boards with an average of 40.1 rebounds, but they are ranked fourth in team assists with 24 a game.
Jeff Teague and Al Horford are each averaging 17 points a game with Teague leading the team in assists (8.1) and Horford pulling down a team-high 8.0 rebounds a game. Keep an eye on Teague’s status for this game because of a rib injury. Paul Milsap has also been productive with 15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game. Another injury concern for Monday night is Lou Williams. He remains day-to-day with sore knee.
The Spurs are averaging 101.9 points a game, which is ranked 12th in the NBA, while playing solid defense on the other end of the court by holding opponents to just 91.6 points a game. They have allowed more than 100 points only twice in their first 17 outings, and Saturday’s loss to Houston was the only time it happened at home. The team is averaging 42.4 rebounds and dishing out 24.7 assists a game.
The veteran duo of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan remain the driving force behind San Antonio’s early success. Parker leads the team in scoring with 18.3 points and in assists with 6.3 a game. Duncan is pulling down 7.2 rebounds while chipping in another 12.4 points. The Spurs have three other players scoring in double-figures, including Kawhi Leonard’s 11.6 points and Boris Diaw’s 10.4. Diaw’s playing status for Monday is also day-to-day with a hand injury.
Hawks at Spurs NBA Odds and Betting Trends
Sportsbook.ag has the Spurs lined as 12-point home favorites with the total line at 196.
The Hawks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games on one day of rest but just 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games against a team with a SU winning record at home. The total has gone over in 16 of their last 21 games on the road.
The Spurs are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss and 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a SU loss. The total has gone over in 16 of their last 21 home games.
Head-to-head in this matchup, the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, and the total has stayed “under” in five of the last eight games in San Antonio. The Hawks are 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 road games against the Spurs.
NBA Predictions: Hawks at Spurs Betting Picks
San Antonio remains one of the top two or three teams in the league, so do not let the little blip in the radar the past week get in the way of the big picture. Even with Teague in the lineup for Atlanta, stick with the Spurs to get back on track with a big win at home that covers the spread.
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