Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 12/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (11-18) at Atlanta Hawks (16-12)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -5.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks meet Monday night at the Philips Arena.
The Portland Trail Blazers need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 101.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 24.3 points and 6.7 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.1 points and 3.4 rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Mason Plumlee is dishing 2.6 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.6 turnovers per game. The Portland Trail Blazers lost five of their last six road games.
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The Atlanta Hawks look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 101 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 100 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds while Al Horford is averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 rebounds. Jeff Teague is dishing 5.9 assists and Kent Bazemore is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16 turnovers per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won five of their last eight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Hawks are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 Monday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Hawks are finding their groove just a bit and have been solid on their home court recently. While I really like this Portland team, I don't think its consistent enough to hang with a well coached Hawks club. I'll take Atlanta and the reasonable chalk at home.