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Hawks vs. Thunder - 1/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder (22-20) at Atlanta Hawks (35-8)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOK, TSOH

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks meet Friday night at the Philips Arena.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last six games and continue their long road trip. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 100.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 43 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 25.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.1 points and 7.4 assists. Reggie Jackson is dishing 4.7 assists and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are getting it done on the defensive side during this stretch, as they’re allowing 43.3 percent shooting in their last five games. The addition of Dion Waiters has also helped OKC, as the backup shooting guard is averaging 12.8 points in his last five games. This game will give us a better idea of where this team is at.

Hawks vs. Thunder - 1/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks continue to run away with the East as they’ve won 14 straight games. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting and are allowing 96.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 17.2 points and 7.4 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 51.8 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks continue to steamroll teams on both sides of the ball, especially offensively where they’re shooting 50 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from deep in their last five games. The Hawks have also won 25 straight when allowing less than 100 points. The Hawks are 18-3 SU on their home court this season.

The Thunder are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 40-15 ATS in their last 55 games overall. The Thunder are 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Atlanta and 17-5 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall.

The Hawks have been a money making machine all season and have covered countless games over and over. Until the Hawks lose, you can't fade them. I don't care how well he Thunder are playing, Atlanta has to be the pick until they start losing.

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Atlanta Hawks -3.5

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