Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 1/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (24-8) at Portland Trail Blazers (26-7)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks fly into the Moda Center tonight to battle the Portland Trailblazers.
The Atlanta Hawks have just been piling up the wins all season with 19 wins in their last 22 outings and three wins on the trot, but they did receive a bit of a scare last night when they snuck past the Jazz by 98-92 on Wednesday. Paul Millsap had a quiet night of 15 points while Al Horford added just 13, but there was nothing to worry about because Jeff Teague led the way with 26 points and eight assists on 9 of 17 shooting to carry the Hawks on a rough shooting night. With the win, Altanta improves to 24-8 on the season and 10-5 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have won nine of their last 10 and are going for a fifth straight win after taking down the Raptors by 102-97 in overtime on Tuesday. Damian Lillard had a big game of 26 points and nine assists, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and Wesley Matthews added 19 points as the Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime and notch yet another dramatic win. Defensively, the Blazers shot just 40 percent from the field as a team but did a great job of holding the Raptors' Kyle Lowry and Louis Williams to a combined 11 of 36 shooting. With the win, Portland improves to 26-7 overall and 15-2 at home.
In ATS trends, the Hawks are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, while the Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Hawks are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall but a healthy 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Portland.
Both teams have been racking up the wins and covering spreads, but something's got to give here. You have to give the Blazers the edge at home, but I just get the feeling that this one could go down to the wire, so let's take the Hawks with the points in this one.