Two squads sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern Conference table are clashing today, when the fourth-worse Atlanta Hawks (25-48), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the 3rd Philadelphia 76ers (47-25), who want to extend their current lengthy winning streak and secure their current placement for the upcoming playoffs.
Date/Time: 03-23-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks +8
Atlanta Hawks have a 25-48 record (36-37 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at home against the Jazz with a 117-114 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.5 ppg, adding a team high 9.7 boards per game. He is followed by Trae Young with 18.5 ppg and a team high 7.8 dimes per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 47-25 record (34-38 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have six consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Celtics with a 118-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.5 ppg, adding a team high 13.8 boards per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 19.6 ppg and 8.1 boards per game.
Both teams are tied 1-1 wins so far this season with Hawks having won on the road by 2 points and Sixers at home by 21. Hawks have a 14-22 home record, while the Sixers are 18-16 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 115.2 ppg to Hawks’ 112.4 and defensively, allowing 111.8 ppg to Hawks’ 118.5. They also have better percentages both in field goals (47.1% to 45.2%) and in 3-pointers (35.8% to 35.4%). Sixers are also better in dimes made (27 to 25.7), in boards grabbed (47.6 to 45) and in turnovers committed (14.9 to 17.2). Sixers are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -8 (-109)
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