San Antonio Spurs vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/2/13
Atlanta Hawks (9-9) at San Antonio Spurs (14-3)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -11 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs look to bounce back against the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
Head to head, the Hawks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 2-10-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in San Antonio while the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Spurs are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss, 37-14-1 ATS in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference and 38-18-2 ATS in their last 58 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Hawks on the other hand are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss, but just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
I don't like this spot for the Atlanta Hawks for a number of reasons, which I will discuss below:
1: The Hawks never really fair well in San Antonio, having only covered in only two of their last 13 trips there. Since 208, Atlanta has lost their last six in San Antonio by an average of 12.6 points per game, with four of those coming by 15 points or greater.
2: Atlanta is playing their worst basketball of the season, having lost four of their last five overall. The Hawks did have a nice one-point home win over Dallas, but other than that they have been poor, losing their last four by an average of 15 points. Having Kyle Korver out has really hurt their offensive as they have scored over 100 points in just one of their last eight games, which was their 108-101 loss in Washington on Saturday night.
3: The Spurs are coming off a rare home loss to Houston on Saturday and have lost two of their last three, so you know Pop is going to have them ready to go. Their recent form at home would also suggest they are capable, winning their previous five home games by nearly 19 points per contest. As far as against the spread stats go, they are ALL in the Spurs favour here.
So there you have it, some pretty strong factors leaning towards the Spurs continue their dominance over the Hawks at home. Don't get me wrong, Atlanta is a solid team with a couple of really good players, but with Lou Williams just coming back and Korver out, I don't see them sticking around in this one....
Dan’s Pick: San Antonio -11
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