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Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/21/14

New Orleans Pelicans (27-40) at Atlanta Hawks (31-35)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -8.5 See the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Hornets will head to Atlanta on Friday to face off against the Hawks.

The Atlanta Hawks are currently in the eighth spot in the East, having a four game lead over the Knicks for the final playoff spot in the Conference.  The Hawks are coming off a solid overtime win against the Raptors on Tuesday, defeating the Raptors 118-113.  Atlanta is playing well right now, having won five straight heading into this meeting with the Pelicans. 

Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/21/14

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The New Orleans Pelicans are currently 27-40 this season, and while the Pelicans will be watching the playoffs this year, New Orleans has improved.  The Pelicans are a balanced team, putting up 99.8 per game, while allowing an average of 102.4 per outing.  Obviously, the Pelicans would like to have those numbers reversed, but still this is an improvement over years past.  The Pelicans have struggled somewhat lately, dropping three out of their last four, including a loss to the Raptors on Wednesday 107-100.

The Pelicans are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games on the road, and the Pelicans are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games following an outright loss.  The Pelicans are also 1-8-1 against the spread in their last ten games when playing on just one day of rest.

The Hawks are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games against the West and the Hawks are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games against teams with a losing record.

I'll take the Pelicans in this spot.  I know the Hawks need this game more, but Atlanta has really been udnerwhelming at times, and I think we are getting some value here with an overlooked, but solid Pelicans squad.

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New Orleans +8.5

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