Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks - 2/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (43-12) at Milwaukee Bucks (31-23)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks swoop into the Bradley Center to battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday afternoon.
The Atlanta Hawks have been the benchmark in the Eastern Conference all season long, but they've been in a bit of a rough patch lately, losing three of their last four including a 105-80 drubbing at home to the Raptors on Friday. Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver all finished with 11 points each while Al Horford added just seven as the Hawks looked completely listless in their worst loss of the season. The first half of the game was tightly contested but the Hawks just fell apart after halftime, getting outscored by 56-35 in front of their home crowd where they are a dominant 25-4. Atlanta has really cooled off lately, but despite their mini slump, they're still 43-12 on the season.
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Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have won nine of their last 10 and will be going for a fifth straight win after beating the Nuggets by 89-81 on Friday. In a balanced scoring effort, six players finished in double digits in scoring with Khris Middleton and John Henson leading the way with 15 and 14 points respectively. It certainly wasn't the prettiest performance, but the Bucks were learning to play without Brandon Knight who was traded away just before the deadline. Knight was in the middle of a career-best season so it was certainly surprising when he got traded away, but with the Bucks bound for a playoff run this season, they won't have much time to find a spot for the newly acquired Miles Plumlee and Michael Carter-Williams.
In ATS trends, the Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a double digit loss at home and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, while the Bucks are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Hawks are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in Milwaukee.
I can't really explain the Hawks' sudden slump in form, but you have to figure that they're going to turn it around sooner rather than later so I'm taking Atlanta to win this one and cover the small spread.