NBA Betting Preview: Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks

The Warriors may use Ellis as a chip to reel in Dwight Howard

Golden State Warriors vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tip off: 7:35 PM EST
Spread: ATL -6.5
Total: 191
M/L: ATL -290, GSW +240

Betting Odds from Bookmaker

Golden State

The Warriors have been mentioned in a lot of trade talks, as they are trying to lure Dwight Howard on a rental and entice the big man to stay after he sees how great it is to be a Warrior.

Is it a long shot? Sure, but it’s the kind of make or break move that a team like Golden State needs to try. They haven’t had a big like Dwight since they were the Philadelphia Warriors with Wilt Chamberlain.

For the meantime, you have a team that is in limbo, at 13-18, and out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. Anything can happen still, but it’s hard to imagine the Warriors being significantly better than they have been already. They’ve dealt with some minor injury issues, but all teams do, so to use that as an excuse really isn’t valid.

The trio of Monta Ellis, David Lee, and Stephen Curry average 57.7 of the Warriors’ 98.5 points per night. Ellis leads the way with 22.2 per game, and the Warriors just recently let the Nets know that Brook Lopez was not going to be enough to entice them to deal Ellis. The Warriors know they have a top shelf talent in Ellis and are going to make teams pay the price if they want the 26 year old.

Warriors Betting Trends:

Golden State is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games and the total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 9 games. The total has gone OVER in 9 of their last 12 on the road and the Warriors are 5-18 SU in their last 23 on the road. The total has gone UNDER In 4 of the Warriors last 6 games against the Atlanta Hawks and it has also gone OVER in 9 of the last 13 against Atlanta. The Warriors are 3-8 SU in their last 11 against Atlanta and 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games on the road against the Hawks. The total has gone OVER In 14 of the Warriors’ last 17 games on the road against Atlanta and the Warriors are 1-5 SU in their last 6 road games against the Hawks.

Atlanta

The Hawks have somehow found a way to stay afloat without Al Horford, but no one really seems to notice or care about the Hawks. They’re 20-14 and 3rd in the Southeast, behind Orlando and run away favorite Miami. They just beat the Magic going into the All-Star break, for the second time this season, so maybe they should be taken more seriously.

Joe Johnson and Josh Smith are averaging 17.6 and 16.1 points per game respectively and Josh Smith was just snubbed of an All-Star selection…again. It seems like Smith has already been an All-Star due to the fact he has been so consistently good, especially defensively, over the past five seasons, but every year, they find away to leave Smith off the team.

Hawks Betting Trends:

Atlanta is 2-4-1 ATS in their last 7 games and the total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 6 games. The Hawks are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games and 2-4 ATS in their last 6 at home. The Hawks are 2-4 SU in their last 6 home games and 8-4 SU in their last 12 at home. The total has gone OVER in 9 of the Hawks’ last 11 games against Golden State and the Hawks are 8-3 SU in their last 11 against Golden State. The total has gone UNDER In 4 of the Hawks’ last 6 games against the Warriors and it has gone OVER In 14 of the last 17 games at home against Golden State. The Hawks are 5-1 SU in their last 6 home games against the Warriors.

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