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Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 3/13/14

Milwaukee Bucks (13-51) at Atlanta Hawks (27-35)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds


The Milwaukee Bucks invade the Philips Arena tonight to take on the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bucks have lost four of their last five and will be looking to bounce back from a 112-101 Tuesday loss against the Timberwolves. Brandon Knight scored a team-high 21 points for the Bucks, who led at halftime and were looking for their first back to back wins this season, but a 19-4 run by the Wolves in the fourth quarter turned the game and sent the Bucks to 13-51 on the season. Ersan Ilyasova sat out the game with an ankle injury and is listed as a game-time decision for tonight's game.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 3/13/14

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Meanwhile, the Hawks have lost 14 of their last 16 games but were able to snap a six-game skid on Monday by sneaking past the Jazz. In their return to Utah, Kyle Korver led the scoring with 26 points while Paul Millsap added 23 points as the Hawks jumped out to a 59-44 halftime lead before scraping home to a 112-110 victory. The Hawks blew a 17-point lead and had to endure a 10-3 run by the Jazz in the last 0:16 of the game, but they were still able to win and improve to 27-35 which is still three games clear of the ninth-placed Knicks.

In ATS trends, the Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a loss, while the Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.

Head to head, the Bucks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings but the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five as well.

If the Hawks have any intention of playing playoff basketball, it's games like these that they have to win and win easy. That's where I'm leaning, so it's the home team by double digits all the way.

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