Check out our free Hawks vs Spurs pick and preview for this NBA game in San Antonio. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Hawks vs Spurs NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs
- Where: San Antonio at AT&T Center
- Date: Sunday, March 19th
- Betting Odds SA +8.5, ATL -388 | SA +303 O/U 243.5
The Hawks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 35-35. So far, the team has gone 31-38-1 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
The Hawks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Warriors by a score of 127-119. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. In the game, Atlanta was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Warriors by 5 going into the second half. In the win, Trae Young led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 44.4%.
So far, the Spurs have put together an overall record of 18-52, while going 29-41-0 vs the spread. Against the Hawks, the Spurs are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -7.5 points per contest.
San Antonio will be gunning to get in the win column vs Atlanta, as they previously lost to the Grizzlies by a score of 126-120. However, because they entered as 9 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. San Antonio let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Devin Vassell led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 42.9%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Hawks picked up the 125-106 win over the Spurs. The Hawks point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 12.5 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Hawks averaged 122.5 points per game vs San Antonio, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Spurs also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 121.0 points per game vs Atlanta. In terms of betting, Atlanta has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs San Antonio. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +3 points per game in favor of the Hawks. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 243 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Hawks offense is rated 5th in the league in scoring, averaging 117.4 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Hawks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.8 made 3’s per game. Although Atlanta has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 12.3 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Atlanta has had its problems giving up an average of 112.38 points per game (21st).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Trae Young, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Young leads the team in scoring at 27.0 points per game while Murray is 2nd at 20.5. For the season, Young is 10th in the NBA in usage rate and 24th in player efficiency. Behind him, Murray has taken 19.4% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 46.1%.
The Spurs come into today’s game as the 24th ranked scoring offense at 112.6 points per game. In terms of pace, the Spurs are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.5 possessions per game. Although the team is playing at an up-tempo speed, they would benefit from scoring with more efficiency, as they are just 22nd in the league in overall field goal percentage at 52.6%.
Against the Hawks, the Spurs will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 23rd in points allowed.
Small-Forward Keldon Johnson currently leads the Spurs at 21.7 points per game. For the season, he is 41st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 19.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Johnson is averaging 4.9 boards and 2.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 16th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Tre Jones enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 57 games, he is averaging 12.5 and is 156th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Hawks vs Spurs Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +8.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 243.5