Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons - 4/8/14
Detroit Pistons (28-49) at Atlanta Hawks (34-42)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportSouth, FSN-DET
The Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks will play for the fourth and final time this season, as the Hawks look to hold onto a final playoff spot in the East. The Hawks lead the series 2-1.
The Detroit Pistons are coming off a Saturday victory over the Boston Celtics, but have still lost 10 of their last 13 games. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 100.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and are allowing 104.4 points on 47 percent shooting. Andre Drummond has grabbed at least 14 rebounds in his last four games, but he's been about the only bright spot for Detroit all season long. The Pistons have allowed seven of their last nine opponents to top 100 points. The Detroit Pistons are 32-44-1 ATS overall and 17-19-1 ATS on the road.
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The Hawks are coming off a 107-88 blowout win over the Indiana Pacers that has helped create separation from the New York Knicks for the eighth seed in the East. On the season, the Hawks average 101.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allow 102 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Paul Millsap has grabbed double-digit rebounds in his last four games and is shooting 53.6 percent from the field in his last five. The Atlanta Hawks are 33-42-1 ATS overall and 18-18 ATS at home.
The Pistons are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. The Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta.
Although the Hawks are coming off a big win and this may be a letdown spot, they still have to keep winning in order to secure a playoff spot. The Pistons have been terrbile against the spread against Eastern Conference teams. I like the Hawks to win by double digits, which makes this line an easy pick.