Two of the bottom-four teams of each conference are clashing in this game, when the fourth-worse in the East Atlanta Hawks (19-40), are hosting the last in the West and struggling mightily Phoenix Suns (11-49), with both teams having lost their last two and sixteen game respectively and are looking to bounce back.
Date/Time: 02-23-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks -2.5
Atlanta Hawks have an 19-40 record (26-33 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Pistons with a 122-125 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.1 ppg, adding a team high 9.4 boards per game. He is followed by Trae Young with 17.1 ppg and a team high 7.7 dimes per game.
Phoenix Suns have a 11-49 record (25-35 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the West. They have lost 17 of their last 18 matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Cavaliers with a 98-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Devin Booker with 24.7 ppg, adding 3.9 boards and a team high 6.7 dimes per game. He is followed by TJ Warren with 18 ppg and 4 boards per game he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Hawks won on the road with a 112-118 score. Hawks have a 9-18 home record, while the Suns are 4-27 on the road. Hawks are better offensively, scoring 110.8 ppg to Suns’ 105.8, while Suns are better defensively, allowing 116 ppg to Hawks’ 118.3. Suns have a better field goal percentage (45.6% to 45.3%), while Hawks have a better 3-point percentage (34.8% to 32.6%). Hawks are better both in dimes made (25.4 to 23.8) and in boards grabbed (45 to 40.1), while Suns are better in turnovers committed (15.5 to 17.8). Hawks are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against one of the weakest teams of the league so far.
Phoenix Suns vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: Atlanta Hawks -2.5 (-109)
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