Hawks vs. Pistons - 1/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (16-25) at Atlanta Hawks (33-8)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -8 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks square off Monday afternoon at the Philips Arena.
The Detroit Pistons are one of the hottest teams in the league with 11 wins in their last 13 games. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 97.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Brandon Jennings is averaging 15.4 points and 6.4 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 14.9 points and 9.7 rebounds. Andre Drummond is grabbing 12.9 rebounds and D.J. Augustin is dishing 4.3 assists. The Detroit Pistons have improved their offense during this stretch, as they’re shooting 38 percent from deep in their last five games and have won nine of their last 13 games when topping 100 points. With this improved play, the Pistons have put themselves in the playoff hunt as they’re one game back from the eighth seed.
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The Atlanta Hawks have won 12 straight games and continue to run away with the East. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting and are allowing 96.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 17.4 points and 7.4 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 51.5 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. Right now, the Hawks have to be the favorite to win the East as long as they continue playing at this elite level. The Hawks are 16-3 SU at home. Shelvin Mack is doubtful for this game with a calf injury.
The Pistons are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 38-15 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Pistons are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
If it weren't for the Hawks amazing stretch, the Pistons would be the most talked about team in the league. Detroit is playing some solid basketball ever since Josh Smith was traded. Because the Pistons have covered seven straight on the road and have done well on the road overall, I'm taking my chances with the points.