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Thunder vs Hawks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder at Atlanta Hawks
- Where: Atlanta at State Farm Arena
- Date: Monday, December 5th
- Betting Odds ATL -6, OKC +204 | ATL -250 O/U 231.5
So far, the Thunder have put together an overall record of 10-13, while going 14-9-0 vs the spread. Against the Hawks, the Thunder are going for their 3rd straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 7.5 points per game in this stretch.
Oklahoma City is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Timberwolves. With the 135-128 victory, they also covered the spread as 5 point underdogs. In the game, Oklahoma City was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Timberwolves by 6 going into the second half. In the win, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in scoring with 33 points on a field goal percentage of 58.8%.
So far, the Hawks have put together an overall record of 13-10, while going 10-12-1 vs the spread. Atlanta comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 12.5 points per game
Atlanta is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Nuggets at home. With the 117-109 victory, they also covered the spread as 5 point underdogs. Atlanta went on to win the game, as they led by 14 heading into halftime. In the win, Dejounte Murray led the team in scoring with 34 points on a field goal percentage of 59.1%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
The Hawks will look to carry over last year’s success vs Oklahoma City, as the won both games of the series. The average point total of these two meetings was 222.5, with Atlanta winning by scores of 113-101 and 118-101. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Thunder averaged 109.5 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 124.5 points per game vs Oklahoma City. When looking at how these teams have performed vs the spread in recent matchups, the Thunder have an ATS mark of 3-2. Yet, the Hawks have averaged more points per game in these contests, at 117 compared to Atlanta at 114. Oklahoma City and Atlanta averaged a combined 231 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-1-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Thunder come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 116.8 points per game (6th). In terms of pace, the Thunder are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 103.5 possessions per game. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 52.5%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
Currently, the Thunder defense is ranked 15th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 111.83 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Thunder offense has primarily worked through Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 21 games, Gilgeous-Alexander is 4th in the NBA at 31.14 points per game. so far, him and Dort have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.44 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Luguentz Dort is grabbing 4.39 rebounds for Oklahoma City to go along with 2.35 assists.
Through 23 games, the Hawks are averaging 114.0 points per contest, placing them 13th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Hawks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 9.7 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Atlanta offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 18th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Against the Thunder, the Hawks will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 21st in points allowed.
Point-Guard Trae Young currently leads the Hawks at 27.81 points per game. For the season, he is 8th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 23.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Young is averaging 2.9 boards and 9.62 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 16th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Dejounte Murray enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 23 games, he is averaging 21.43 and is 77th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Thunder vs Hawks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hawks -6
- Free Total Prediction: Over 231.5