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Spurs vs Hawks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: San Antonio Spurs at Atlanta Hawks
- Where: Atlanta at State Farm Arena
- Date: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds ATL -11.5, SA +481 | ATL -698 O/U OFF
The Spurs come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 14-42. So far, the team has gone 23-33-0 against the spread. San Antonio will take the court having lost 11 straight games. The team has an average scoring margin of -15.45 in these matchups.
San Antonio is trying to bounce back from a 138-131 loss to the Pistons. Going into this game, the team was 6 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. San Antonio let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Devonte’ Graham, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 40.9% of his shots.
The Hawks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 28-28. So far, the team has gone 25-30-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Atlanta has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
The Hawks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Suns by a score of 116-107. Heading into the game, they were 8 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 Suns by 9 going into the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Trae Young, as he contributed 36 points while hitting 55.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last year, the Spurs and Hawks played to a series split, with each team winning on the road. Between the two teams, they combined to average 245.0 points per contest. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Spurs averaged 121.0 points per game vs Atlanta, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Hawks also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 122.5 points per game vs San Antonio. The level of competition has been tight in the 5 most recent games between Spurs and Hawks with just 1 points per game separating the teams. Atlanta has the ATS edge in this span at 3-2. San Antonio and Atlanta averaged a combined 245 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 5-0.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 56 games, the Spurs are averaging 112.7 points per contest, placing them 22nd in the NBA. When looking at the Spurs pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 101.3. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the league in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 7th in the league in made field goals per game.
On defense, the Spurs will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 23rd ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Right now there are question marks across the board heading into this game for the Spurs as there is a chance they will be without their two leading scorers vs the Hawks. Before getting any money down on this game, be sure to check who is available, as Keldon Johnson and Tre Jones have a combined scoring average of 34.5 points per game. For the season, Johnson is 128th in the NBA in player efficiency and 1st in usage percentage. Through 49 games, he has a field goal percentage of 44.2%. If he is able to take the floor, he will be facing a defense that is 24th in points allowed to small-forwards.
Through 56 games, Atlanta is the 9th best scoring team at 116.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Hawks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.6 made 3’s per game. Atlanta appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are the a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Defensively, Atlanta has had its problems giving up an average of 112.38 points per game (21st).
This season, the Hawks offense has primarily worked through Trae Young and Dejounte Murray who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 49 games, Young is 11th in the NBA at 27.0 points per game. So far, him and Murray have accounted for 41% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 48.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Dejounte Murray is grabbing 5.5 rebounds for Atlanta to go along with 6.2 assists.
Spurs vs Hawks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +11.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF