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Suns vs Hawks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Phoenix Suns at Atlanta Hawks
- Where: Atlanta at State Farm Arena
- Date: Thursday, February 9th
- Betting Odds ATL -6.5, PHO +208 | ATL -261 O/U 229.5
So far, the Suns have put together an overall record of 30-26, while going 29-25-2 vs the spread. Against the Hawks, the Suns are going for their 4th straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 10.67 points per game in this stretch.
The Suns are coming off a 116-112 win over the Nets. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 7 point favorites. In the game, Phoenix was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Nets by 6 going into the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Deandre Ayton, as he contributed 35 points while hitting 77.8% of his shots.
The Hawks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 27-28. So far, the team has gone 24-30-1 against the spread. Atlanta will take the court having lost 2 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -14.5 points per game.
Atlanta is trying to bounce back from a 116-107 loss to the Pelicans. Going into this game, the team was 1 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Atlanta was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Pelicans by 9 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Bogdan Bogdanovic, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 53.8% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Suns averaged 118.0 points per game vs the Hawks. On the other side, Atlanta saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Suns, as they averaged 120.5 points per game in these matchups. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Hawks. In these matchups, Atlanta has averaged 123 points per game, while allowing 111. Phoenix and Atlanta averaged a combined 234 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 4-0-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 56 games, Phoenix is averaging 112.7 points per game (21st). So far, the Suns are averaging 97.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 18th in made shots per game.
So far, the Suns have played well defensively, as they are ranked 9th in the league at 107.33 points per contest.
This season, the Suns offense has primarily worked through Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 56 games, Bridges is 73rd in the NBA at 17.2 points per game. So far, him and Ayton have accounted for 30% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 35.599999999999994 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Deandre Ayton is grabbing 10.3 rebounds for Phoenix to go along with 2.1 assists.
Atlanta will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 116.1 points per game (8th). So far, Atlanta is averaging 100.8 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 2nd team in made field goals per contest.
Currently, the Hawks defense is ranked 21st in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.38 points per game vs the unit.
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 48 games, Young is 13th in the NBA at 26.8 points per game. So far, him and Murray have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 47.900000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Dejounte Murray is grabbing 5.4 rebounds for Atlanta to go along with 6.3 assists.
Suns vs Hawks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hawks -6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 229.5