Hawks vs. Bucks - 12/26/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (14-15) at Atlanta Hawks (21-7)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, TSOH
The Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks square off Friday at the Philips Arena.
The Milwaukee Bucks are looking for some consistency as they’ve split their last six games. On the season, the Bucks are averaging 99.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Brandon Knight is averaging 18.1 points and 5.3 assists while Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. O.J. Mayo is shooting 40.2 percent from the field and Jerryd Bayless is producing 2.5 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks have shown progress as of late offensively, shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from three in their last five games. However, the Bucks just aren’t consistent on either side of the ball, especially on defense where they’ve allowed 100-plus points in seven of their last eight games. John Henson is questionable for this game with a foot injury.
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The Atlanta Hawks have won five straight games and are looking like one of the top teams in the East. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 97.4 points on 44 percent shooting.Jeff Teague is averaging 16.5 points and seven assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.3 points and eight rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 51.6 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks are 12-1 SU this month and are quickly becoming a team that could seriously make a run in the East. While the Hawks offense gets a ton of credit, their defense is allowing 97.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting in their last five games. The Hawks are also 13-2 SU at home.
The Bucks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southeast and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the Bucks are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
While the Hawks have been playing lights out basketball, the Hawks have shown potential throughout the year and should give them a fight after picking up some rest. Give me Milwaukee and the points.