Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/24/14
Phoenix Suns (40-29) at Atlanta Hawks (31-36)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns invade the Philips Arena tonight to battle the Atlanta Hawks.
The Suns continue to lurk around the edge of the playoff picture with five wins in their last six games and it was the Timberwolves who were their latest victims. Last night, the Wolves poured in 41 points in the first quarter and dominated the majority of the game behind a historic night from Kevin Love, but the Suns showed a lot of fight and used a late surge to steal the win on the road. Eric Bledsoe had 21 points while Goran Dragic added 18, but it was actually Markieff Morris who led the comeback, scoring a team-high 25 points on 10 of 13 shooting off the bench as the Suns won by 127-120 despite being down by as many as 22 points. With the win, Phoenix stays within half a game of the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
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Over in the East, the Hawks have fallen from five straight wins with two straight losses to put their playoff hopes under increased pressure. In last night's 96-86 loss to the Raptors, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll led the team with 17 points apiece while Jeff Teague added 16, but despite starting strong and leading by 71-60 at the third quarter break, a 36-15 fourth quarter by the Raptors stole the win and sent Atlanta to 31-37 on the season which leaves them just three games clear of the ninth-placed New York.
In ATS trends, the Suns are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 road games, while the Hawks are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
Head to head, the Suns are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Atlanta.
The Hawks will be desperate to make up for last night's collapse against the Raptors, but I'm loving the Suns in this one because they've clearly been in better form and are coming off a great win.