Milwaukee Bucks (27-18) vs. Atlanta Hawks (17-25)
January 17, 2022 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +3.5; Over/Under: +229
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The Atlanta Hawks play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at the State Farm Arena on Monday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been in a slump as they’ve lost five of their past seven games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting stopped by the Raptors in a 103-96 home loss on Saturday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 30 points, six rebounds and four assists, Grayson Allen added 18 points while Khris Middleton chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Bucks shot a miserly 33 percent from the field and 12 of 39 from the 3-point line as they led for most of the game until the second half where their poor shooting caught up them. Antetokounmpo shot just six of 17 from the field, Middleton shot just three of 12 while Wesley Matthews scored just five points on two of 10 shooting.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been in a major slump as they’ve lost nine of their past 11 games overall and they will be hoping to avoid a sixth straight defeat after getting stopped by the Knicks in a 117-108 home loss on Saturday. Trae Young led the team with 29 points and five assists, Danilo Gallinari added 17 points while John Collins chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Hawks shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 44 from the 3-point line as they fought hard to cut a 17-point deficit to just three points late in the fourth quarter, only to see the Knicks go on a 12-2 run to take the game away from them late.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on one days’ rest and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Hawks are 0-11 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Atlanta.
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The Bucks are going to be a little shorthanded as Jrue Holiday and Langston Galloway are out again, while the Hawks will be without Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela once again. The Bucks have really cooled off in recent games and they will be kicking themselves after shooting so poorly in their loss to the Raptors on Saturday. The Hawks haven’t been able to build any momentum this season and they are a surprising 0-11 ATS in their last 11 home games. This should be a close one for the most part, but in the end, I have the Bucks pulling away to win easily.