Atlanta Hawks (5-5) at Portland Trail Blazers (7-5)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 237 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Hawks pay a visit to the Portland Trailblazers at the Moda Center on Saturday night.
The Atlanta Hawks were one of the surprise teams at the start of the season, but they’ve been in a real rut lately as they’ve now lost five of their last six games after last night’s 116-92 loss to the Jazz. Cameron Reddish led the team with 20 points on eight of 13 shooting, Clint Capela added 16 points with 11 rebounds on eight of nine shooting while DeAndre Hunter chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the hawks shot just 41 percent from the field and a miserly five of 28 from the 3-point line as they fought back a little bit after falling behind by 15 points at haltime, only to get blown out in the fourth quarter where they scored just 18 points. Trae Young had a rough night as he finished with just four points on one of 11 shooting, while Brandon Goodwin finished with four points on zero of six shooting.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers were in great form as they were riding a four-game win streak before getting stopped in their tracks by the shorthanded Pacers in a 111-87 loss on Thursday. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 22 points while Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 10 points off the bench, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Trailblazers shot just 36 percent from the field and 13 of 43 from the 3-point line, but playing on the second night of a back to back may have hurt them in this one, because they just left themselves too much ground to make up after scoring just 10 points in the second quarter. Jusuf Nurkic played despite being a game-time decision but had just five points on two of eight shooting while Robert Covington finished with just three points on one of seven shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Trailblazers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the under is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings overall and the Hawks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
I expect the Hawks to come out firing last night after having their last game postponed, but the extra rest didn’t seem to help as they fizzled out against the Jazz last night. The Trailblazers were finally hitting a groove with four straight wins before getting routed by the Pacers in their last outing, but they are just 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games. I’d be interested in the Hawks under normal circumstances, but this will be second game in as many nights for the Hawks and I just don’t feel we’re getting enough free points against a Trailblazers team who will be fuming after getting blown out at home. Jusuf Nurkic will miss some time after breaking his wrist, so the Trailblazers will be short at the center spot, but I still think they get the job done behind their backcourt.