Hawks vs. Pelicans - 11/28/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Pelicans (7-6) at Atlanta Hawks (7-6)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -3 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, TSOH
The New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks play Friday night at the Philips Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six games and are looking for consistency. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 102.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis leads New Orleans with 25.4 points and 11.2 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 15.5 points and 6.2 assists. Ryan Anderson is shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and Jrue Holiday is the fourth player averaging double-digit points. The New Orleans Pelicans can put the ball in the hoop at a high percentage but now have to improve defensively, as they’ve lost four of their six games this season when allowing 100 or more points. Davis is expected to play this game despite an illness.
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The Atlanta Hawks have lost three of their last five games and are also looking to improve defensively. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 104.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Jeff Teague leads the Hawks with 18.3 points and seven assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.9 points and 6.2 rebounds. Al Horford is scoring 14 points per game and Kyle Korver is 6-11 from downtown in his last three games. The Atlanta Hawks are 2-5 SU this season when allowing 100 or more points and will have to buckle down on that side of the ball if they hope to take that next step in the East. The Hawks could also improve their rebounding, as they’re ranked 27th in the league in that department.
The Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 vs. Western Conference. Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
I like the New Orleans Pelicans a lot more than the Atlanta Hawks. Getting free points here seems to be the way to go, especially with the Pelicans dominating this series ATS lately.