Two squads sitting on opposite sides of their respective conference are clashing today, when the fourth-worse in the East Atlanta Hawks (24-47), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the third in the West Houston Rockets (44-26), who on the other hand are red-hot having lost only once in their last twelve games.
Date/Time: 03-19-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks +7.5
Atlanta Hawks have a 24-47 record (35-36 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Magic with a 91-101 score, not 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 7.7 dimes per game.
Houston Rockets have a 44-26 record (32-36-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the West. They have won 11 of their last 12 matches and in their last game they won at home against the Timberwolves with a 117-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 35.9 ppg, adding 6.4 boards and 7.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 16.7 ppg and a team high 12.5 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Rockets won at home with a 119-111 score. Hawks have a 13-21 home record, while the Rockets are 18-16 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring 112.9 ppg to Hawks’ 112.5 and defensively, allowing 109.9 ppg to Hawks’ 118.5. Hawks on the other hand have a better field goal percentage (45.1% to 44.7%) and both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (35.1% to 34.8%). Hawks are better both in boards grabbed (46 to 41.6) and in dimes made (25.6 to 21), while Rockets are better in turnovers committed (12.9 to 17.1). Rockets have been one of the hottest teams in the league and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy road victory.
Houston Rockets vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: Houston Rockets -7.5 (-108)
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