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Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/24/14

San Antonio Spurs (32-10) at Atlanta Hawks (22-19)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs collide on Friday night in NBA action from Philips Arena.

Head to head, the Spurs are 17-8-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta while the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Spurs on the other hand are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 road games following a S.U. loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/24/14

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I hate going against the San Antonio Spurs, especially coming off a loss, but that’s what I’m doing here. While the Spurs are 15-3 away from home on the season, their play of late hasn’t been the best as they have lost two of three, granted they were against Oklahoma City and Portland, but they were still on their home floor. They also struggled to hold off a Utah team at home that was missing Gordon Hayward before their loss to the Trail Blazers. On the injury front, they will be without Kawhi Leonard, who was injured in their loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night and also Danny Green and Tiago Splitter.

The Atlanta Hawks continue to be a nice little surprise since Al Horford went down with a season ending injury near the end of December. Just look at who they have defeated in their last three home games: Miami, Houston and Indiana. And they were underdogs in every one of those games mind you. How many other teams could do what the Hawks have done had their best player gone down with an injury? I could think of maybe one or two and that’s it. With their win over Miami on Monday night, Atlanta improved to 15-5 at Philips Arena straight up and 14-6 against the spread.

If your still unsure, remember that the Hawks narrowly lost in San Antonio earlier this season 102-100, despite being 12-point underdogs. However, Al Horford did play in that meeting and netted 18 points on 9-16 shooting from the floor. Like I said, I hate going against the Spurs and injuries have never really been a issue with them in the past, but Atlanta is super tough at home and if they can defeat the Heat and Pacers, then I think they can keep this one interesting until the end...

Dan’s Pick: Atlanta +4.5

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