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

Game
Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Suns -2.5 -- Over/Under: 235
TV Channel
FSSE, FSAZ
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The Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns meet Saturday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 110.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 117.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 19.3 points and 9.9 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 16.5 points and 7.3 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.7 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five of their last eight road games.

The Phoenix Suns could use a win here to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 106.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 115.7 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.8 points and 6.7 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18 points and four rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.9 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost seven of their last nine home games.

The Hawks are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Pacific, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Phoenix and 5-15-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Suns last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 overall.

The Atlanta Hawks are playing much better basketball than people give them credit for, but they're still on the end of a back to back and are being outscored by an average of 9.1 points on the road this season. The Phoenix Suns are rested, and while they're getting thumped, which includes being outscored by an average of 18.8 points in their last five games, they're finally playing a team on their level for once. The Suns aren't in this position much playing out West and with all the other trash teams in the East. It feels weird laying chalk with the Suns, but it's probably the right play with the Hawks on the road and playing late last night. 

Pick:
Phoenix Suns -2.5

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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