Two teams sitting on the 12th place of each conference are clashing today, when the Atlanta Hawks (22-45), are hosting the New Orleans Pelicans (30-38), with both teams having lost their last three and two games respectively and looking to end those looking streaks in this game.
Date/Time: 03-10-2019, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks -2
Atlanta Hawks have a 22-45 record (32-35 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Nets with a 112-114 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.7 ppg, adding a team high 9.8 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Trae Young with 18.4 ppg and a team high 7.8 dimes per game.
New Orleans Pelicans have a 30-38 record (33-34-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in 12th place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Raptors with a 104-127 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 26.8 ppg, adding 4 dimes and a team high 12.3 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 21.2 ppg, 5 boards and a team high 7.7 dimes per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home by one point. Hawks have a 11-21 home record, while the Pelicans are 12-24 on the road. Pelicans are better both offensively, scoring 115.6 ppg to Hawks’ 112.1 and defensively, allowing 115.2 pgg to Hawks’ 118.8. They also have a better field goal percentage (47.7% to 45.1%), while Hawks have a better 3-point percentage (35.1% to 34.7%). Pelicans are better in boards grabbed (47.1 to 45.7), in dimes made (26.9 to 25.5) and in turnovers committed (14.2 to 17.3). Vegas odds give the Hawks a -2 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the Pelicans will get away with the road win one way or another.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans +2 (-108)
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