San Antonio Spurs vs. Atlanta Hawks - 10/8/16 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs
NBA Basketball: Saturday October 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -4 -- Over/Under: 189 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs tangle with the Atlanta Hawks at the AT&T Center Saturday.
The Atlanta Hawks seemed to be in midseason form after thrashing Memphis 104-83 Thursday night with both their scoring and defense coming together nicely in the second half that was just a three point game heading to the locker room. The Hawks won the second half 55-37 with impressive 47.7% shooting combining with a suffocating defense that allowed just 36.6% including 4-24 on threes. Walter Tavares led Atlanta with 15 points and seven rebounds while Taurean Prince tossing in 12 points. Despite having only two double digit scorers the Hawks played virtually everyone on the roster and had six players score between 7-9 points.
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Life without start Tim Duncan begins for the San Antonio Spurs who I thought would play forever. The Spurs come off a 91-86 loss at Phoenix on Monday where their trademark defense was alive and well but the offense failed to capitalize. The SAS mustered just 37 second half points that squandered a ten point lead heading in to the break. It was either great defense or poor shooting with the Spurs holding a 40%-37.8% edge in marksmanship with the Suns winning it with a staggering 32-11 advantage at the line. Kawhi Leonard posted a team high 17 points on 6-10 from the floor with Jonathan Simmons adding ten points but San Antonio had problems finding points overall.
The Hawks are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games and the under is 7-1 in the Hawks last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points while going 4-1 in the Hawks last 5 Saturday games. The Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and the under is 6-1 in Spurs last 7 home games while the Spurs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss. The Hawks are 4-12-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in San Antonio and are 9-23-1 ATS in the last 33 meetings.
It will be interesting to see San Antonio without Tim Duncan but I suspect their defense will be strong. Atlanta really looked good against Memphis so this should be a better test. No line is out so please check back…