Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 2, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
San Antonio, TX
The Line: San Antonio -11
The Atlanta Hawks and the San Antonio Spurs duke it out at the AT&T Center on Tuesday night.
The Atlanta Hawks have nothing to play for at this stage of the season, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing some of their best basketball of the season as they’ve won four of their last five games and are coming into this one fresh off a 136-135 overtime home win over the shorthanded Bucks on Sunday. Justin Anderson led the team in scoring with 24 points and 12 rebounds, John Collins and Alex Len each scored 23 points while DeAndre Bembry chipped in with 16 points off the bench, but the player of the night was once again Trae Young who sunk a tear drop putback layup at the buzzer to finish with 12 points and 16 assists. However, it has to be said that the Bucks were severely shorthanded for this one as Brook Lopez was their only healthy starter. With the win, Atlanta improved to 28-49 overall and 16-23 at home.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs were red-hot during their nine-game win streak, but they’ve since cooled off with four losses in their last six outings after falling to the Kings in a 113-106 home loss on Sunday. LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 27 points and 18 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 18 points while DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes scored 16 and 15 points respectively. As a team, the Spurs shot 46 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line, but the Spurs looked like they didn’t have their minds in the game which led to coach Gregg Popovich getting ejected early in the third quarter for going after the official. With the tough loss, San Antonio fell to 44-33 overall and 30-9 at home which is good for seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Spurs are 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record, 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the Hawks are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the Hawks are 4-13-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings in San Antonio.
These two teams have only met once so far this season, with the Spurs winning by 111-104 back on Mar 6, but the Hawks have been on a nice run since the last meeting while the Spurs are currently on a bit of a slide which has seen them fall down the standings. This seems like a lot of free points to be giving the streaky Hawks, but I’m going with the Spurs to respond with a big win following their disappointing effort in their last outing.