Two teams from opposing conferences and with completely different goals for the season are clashing, when the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks (20-47), who want to end another losing streak and climb up from the bottom of the East, are hosting the playoff bound Oklahoma City Thunder (40-29), who are looking to extend their current winning streak. Oklahoma City Thunder vs Atlanta Hawks Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-13-2018, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks +8.5
Hawks have a 20-47 record (33-32-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the East. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Bulls with a 122-129 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Dennis Schroder with 19.2 ppg, adding a team high 6.1 assists per game. He is followed by Kent Bazemore with 12.9 ppg but he is shut down for the season. Taurean Prince adds 12.9 ppg and 4.7 rebounds.
Thunder have a 40-29 record (28-41-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Kings with a 106-101 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 25.2 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.6 and in assists made, with 10.1 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 22 ppg and 5.6 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 16.7 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Thunder won at home with a 120-117 score. Hawks are 15-20 at home so far this season, while Thunder are 16-17 on the road. Thunder are better both offensively, scoring 106.7 ppg to Hawks’ 103.6 and defensively, allowing 103.6 ppg to Hawks’ 108.6. Thunder also have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.39% to Hawks’ 44.83%, while Hawks have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.4% to Thunders’ 35.06%. Hawks are also better in assists made, with 23.6 to Thunder’s 21.1, while Thunder are better in rebounding, grabbing 45 to Hawks’ 41. Thunder are the absolute favorite for the win and Vegas odds give them a -8.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat those odds as Hawks will force a closer game like in their previous matchup.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: Atlanta Hawks +8.5 (-107)
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