Atlanta Hawks (24-24) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (23-24)
January 25, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -1; Over/Under: +237.5
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The Atlanta Hawks and the Oklahoma City Thunder collide at the Paycom Center on Wednesday night.
The Atlanta Hawks have been in fine form as they’ve won seven of their last 11 games overall, but they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after falling short to the Bulls in a 111-100 road loss on Monday. Trae Young led the team with 21 points and 13 assists, Dejounte Murray added 20 points with seven rebounds and four assists while Clint Capela chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Hawks shot 45 percent from the field and 10 of 33 from the 3-point line as they went on a run in the third quarter to erase a nine-point halftime deficit, only to got outscored by 33-22 in the fourth quarter as they got next to nothing from their bench players. Young had a rough night as he shot zero of five from the 3-point line while committing six turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in great shape as they’ve won eight of their last 11 games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after outlasting the Nuggets in a 101-99 road win on Sunday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 34 points and five assists on 13 of 21 shooting, Josh Giddey added 18 points with nine rebounds and three assists while Kenrich Williams chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench. As a team, the Thunder shot 44 percent from the field and seven of 26 from the 3-point line as they set the tone defensively by holding the Nuggets to just 18 points in the first quarter to lead for most of the game, but it took some heroics at the end as Gilgeous-Alexander made the game-winning shot with just 9.0 seconds remaining.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games playing on two days’ rest and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings overall and the Hawks are 11-25 ATS in the last 36 meetings overall.
The Hawks could be shorthanded here as Onyeka Okongwu and De’Andre Hunter are both questionable, while the Thunder are still missing Jeremiah Robinson-Earl who is dealing with an ankle injury. The Hawks were playing some decent basketball before they ran into the Bulls on Monday, but it has been the Thunder who has been the more impressive team lately and they would’ve taken so much confidence from their gritty win over the red-hot Nuggets. The Thunder are 25-11 ATS in the last 36 meetings overall, they are in better form and they have the advantage of extra rest, so I’ll lean towards OKC in this matchup.