In this battle between two teams from opposing conferences coming off victories in their latest matchups, the Atlanta Hawks (22-43), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the San Antonio Spurs (36-29), who want to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-06-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks +6
Atlanta Hawks have a 22-43 record (31-34 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Heat with a 113-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.5 ppg, adding a team high 9.5 boards per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Trae Young with 18.2 ppg and a team high 7.8 dimes per game.
San Antonio Spurs have a 36-29 record (34-30-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Clippers in the 7th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Nuggets with a 104-103 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 21.5 ppg, adding 6.2 boards and a team high 6.1 dimes per game. He is followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 21 ppg and a team high 8.9 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Hawks by 3 points and Spurs by 11). Hawks have a 11-19 home record, while the Spurs are 11-22 on the road. Hawks are better offensively, scoring 112.3 ppg to Spurs’ 111.9 ppg, while Spurs are better defensively, allowing 111.1 ppg to Hawks’ 119. Spurs have better percentages both in field goals (47.7% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (40.1% to 35.4%). Hawks are better both in boards grabbed (45.5 to 44.5) and in dimes made (25.6 to 24.4), while Spurs are better in turnovers committed (12 to 17.5). Spurs are the favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
San Antonio Spurs vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -6 (-109)
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