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Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets - 3/19/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks
Date & Time Tuesday March 19, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
State Farm Arena
Atlanta, Georgia
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +7.5 -- Over/Under: 232
TV Channel
FSSE, ATSW
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The Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks meet Tuesday in NBA action at the State Farm Arena.

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The Houston Rockets look to keep the ball rolling after winning 11 of their last 12 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 112.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 35.9 points and 7.6 assists while Clint Capela is averaging 16.7 points and 12.5 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 8.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won each of their last five road games.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 112.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 118.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 19.7 points and 9.8 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 18.4 points and 7.7 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Dewayne Dedmon is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have split their last eight home games.

The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hawks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Western Conference, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Hawks last 10 overall. The under is 7-1 in Rockets last 8 overall.

The Atlanta Hawks are playing much improved basketball and are actually outscoring teams by an average of 2.4 points in their last five games. The problem is the Hawks play this up tempo style that plays into the hands of the Houston Rockets, a much more efficient and talented team. The Rockets are outscoring teams by an average of 6.4 points in their last five games, and that's with them shooting just 42.9 percent from the field, something that won't continue much longer. Five of the Rockets last seven wins have been decided by double digits. I'll eat the reasonable chalk with the road team.

Pick:
Houston Rockets -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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