Thunder vs. Hawks - 3/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (53-15) at Oklahoma City Thunder (38-30)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SPSO, FSOK
The Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder play Friday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Atlanta Hawks look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 102.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting and are allowing 96.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.9 points and eight rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.4 rebounds and Dennis Schroder is dishing four assists. The Atlanta Hawks look to put Wednesday’s loss to Golden State behind them, as they shot just 35.6 percent from the field and gave up 14 threes. The Hawks could really use the services of Kyle Korver, who is out with a broken nose. Seven of the Hawks last nine losses have come on the road.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder hope for another win after winning four of their last six. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 103.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting and are allowing 100.5 points on 43 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.6 points and 8.4 assists while Dion Waiters is averaging 11.1 points and 1.6 assists. D.J. Augustin is dishing 3.4 assists and Anthony Morrow is shooting 45.4 percent from the field. The Oklahoma City Thunder just can’t catch a break, as players are dropping like flies due to injury, putting even more pressure on Westbrook to carry the team. OKC needs to keep winning with the New Orleans Pelicans right behind them for the eighth seed in the West. Enes Kanter is doubtful with an ankle injury.
The Hawks are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Thunder are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days res and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 5-16 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
The banged up Thunder are the favorite to beat the second best team in the league? No, thanks. The Hawks have to be the play here.