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Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns - 2/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns at Atlanta Hawks
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Arena
Atlanta
The Line
The Line: Atlanta -2.5 -- Over/Under 233
TV Channel
FSSE, FSAZ
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The Atlanta Hawks play host to the Phoenix Suns at the State Farm Arena on Saturday night.

The Phoenix Suns have been in a world of hurt as they’ve won just two games since Dec 26 and they will be looking to put a halt to a franchise-record 16-game losing streak after falling to the Cavaliers in a 111-98 road loss on Thursday. Devin Booker led the team with 30 points and seven assists, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 23 points while DeAndre Ayton chipped in with 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Suns shot 41 percent from the field and 10 of 32 from the 3-point line as they hung around in a close contest until the Cavaliers went on a decisive 12-0 run in the third quarter to pull away late. With the loss, Phoenix fell to 11-49 overall and 4-27 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been in a real slump as they’ve lost five of their last six games and they will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Pistons in a 125-122 home loss last night. Trae Young led the team with 30 points and 10 assists, John Collins added 19 points while Vince Carter chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Hawks shot 48 percent from the field and an impressive 20 of 42 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter, only to lose on a clutch corner 3-pointer from the Pistons’ Thon Maker. With the tough loss, Atlanta fell to 19-40 overall and 9-18 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record, 0-4 ATS in their last four road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Hawks are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-8 ATS in their last nine games playing on zero days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Atlanta and the road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings. The Suns are 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta.

The Suns have so much young talent but it’s so hard to make an argument for them as they just can’t buy a win these days. The Hawks haven’t been much better, but they’ve shown glimpses of their potential and we’d be looking at them a little different if they were able to hang on against the Pistons last night. It’s hard to bet on either team with confidence but the Suns are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta and I think they can get over the hump against a Hawks team playing on their second night of a back to back set.

Pick:
Phoenix +2.5
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