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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 1/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (10-27) at Portland Trail Blazers (19-18)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -8 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN

The Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Atlanta Hawks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 19.8 points and 6.8 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.1 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks haven’t produced a road victory since December 2.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks - 1/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Trail Blazers could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 102.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.2 points and 6.3 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Shabazz Napier is dishing 1.9 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have lost six of their last seven home games.

The Hawks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 5-14-2 ATS in their last 21 home games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Portland, 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Atlanta Hawks have been quietly playing decent basketball as of late and have covered six of their last seven games on the road. The Portland Trail Blazers can't seem to win at home for whatever reason and are being otuscored by 4.2 points in their last five games overall. Portland is also 0-6 ATS this season when favored by at least six points, while the Hawks are 8-5 ATS this season when an underdog by at least seven points. Give me the points in this game. The Trail Blazers don't deserve to be laying numbers like this. 

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