NBA Picks Against the Spread: Atlanta Hawks vs. San Antonio Spurs

Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs
Saturday, 4/6/13, 8:30 PM EST, TV:  FSSW
Opening Point Spread:  San Antonio -7.5
Current Betting Line:  San Antonio -9.5
Opening Total:  194.5
Current Total:  193
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Atlanta Hawks haven't had much success against the San Antonio Spurs on the road
The Atlanta Hawks haven’t had much success against the San Antonio Spurs on the road

Atlanta has dropped back-to-back games, including a 101-90 setback to the Philadelphia 76ers as six-point home favorites Friday, while going UNDER the total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Hawks have also failed to cover the number in each of their last five games, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread Saturday night.  Offensively, the team has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with both Al Horford and Josh Smith scoring 17.4 points per game.  Atlanta is 12-11-1 ATS as a road underdog this season.

The Hawks have gone 18-20 overall away from Philips Arena during the 2012-13 NBA season, which includes an even 7-7 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Atlanta dropped a 98-93 decision to San Antonio as 3.5-point home underdogs on Jan. 19, while going UNDER the total for the third consecutive time in this non-conference series.  The squad ranks second in the league in averaging 24.5 assists per game.

San Antonio has alternated wins and losses over its last three games, as it looks to bounce back from a 100-88 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, while going UNDER the total in six of its last seven games.  The Spurs are hoping for a better performance from point guard Tony Parker, who finished with two points on 1-of-6 shooting.  “It looked like he had no energy to start the game,” stated Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.  The franchise has won 11 of its last 12 games against Atlanta, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The Spurs have won 14 consecutive home games against the Hawks by an average of 18.6 points, while they’ve gone 11-2 versus Eastern Conference opponents at the AT&T Center this year.  San Antonio ranks fourth in the league in averaging 103.5 points per game, while sitting second in knocking down 48.4 percent of its shots.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spurs due to the home team being 13-6-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings in this series, while the Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.

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