NBA Picks: Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Wednesday, 3/5/14, 10:30 PM EST
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Atlanta has dropped three games in a row, including a 129-120 decision to the Phoenix Suns as eight-point road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a seventh consecutive contest. The Hawks have three of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with guard Jeff Teague leading the way at 16.3 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks. Atlanta is 2-8 SUATS when playing on two days rest this season, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (5-5 Over/Under).
The Hawks are 9-21 SU on the road during the 2013-14 campaign, including a 1-9 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines. Atlanta has taken three of its last four trips to Portland, while the all-time series is deadlocked at 51 wins apiece. The franchise ranks first in the league in dishing out 25.2 assists per game.
Portland had its five-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it dropped a 107-106 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers as 12-point home favorites Monday, while going UNDER the betting total for a sixth consecutive affair. In eight of the last nine meetings in this series—neither squad has been able to break the century mark offensively. Since the All-Star break, point guard Damian Lillard has averaged 25.5 points on 50.5 percent shooting. Portland is 14-21 SU and 14-20-1 ATS in March the last two-plus seasons.
The Trail Blazers are leading the NBA in averaging 107.8 points per game, with forward LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way at 23.8 points and 11.3 rebounds a contest. Portland has played its best basketball when focusing on the defensive end, as it enters this affair having the best win percentage and most wins in the league when opponents shoot 45 percent or less from the floor.
Sports bettors will likely back the Hawks due to the underdog being 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in this series.
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