|NBA Hawks vs. Kings Picks & Predictions for Friday, February 22, 2013|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Friday, 22 February 2013 15:36|
Kings vs. Hawks Free Pick
ATLANTA, GA (ATS Consultants) – The Hawks are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race and are coming off a 13-point loss to the Heat on Wednesday. Will Atlanta rebound tonight versus the Kings?
LINE MOVEMENT: The Hawks opened as 9-point favorites but the spread has been bet down to 8 points at most sports books. The total, meanwhile, opened at 200.5 and has been bet up to 204.5 or 205 points, depending on the sports book.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 60% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Hawks. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Atlanta. According to latest NBA trends, Kings are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest. Hawks are 6-1 ATS last 7 in series. 4-1 ATS last 5 at home in series, Favorite is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Kings (19-36 SU, 23-30-2 ATS, 31-22-2 O/U) gave up on the fifth pick in the draft-Thomas Robinson (4.8 points, 4.7 rebounds)-sending him to Houston for three bodies (Cole Aldrich, Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas). The Kings needs impact players, not bench filler. They have lost three in a row, including a 108-102 home loss to San Antonio and are 5-23 SU on the road this year. The Hawks (29-23 SU, 22-28-2 ATS, 27-28 O/U) are coming off a 103-90 loss at home to Miami on Wednesday. The good news is that they didn't break up the team and All-Star forward Josh Smith was not dealt away.Atlanta has won nine straight games against Sacramento, including five in a row at Philips Arena. Atlanta is currently sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race and is getting great play from big man Al Horford, who is averaging 24.7 points and 10.3 rebounds over the last three games for the Hawks. Guard Jeff Teague is averaging 10 assists over the last five games, and Atlanta ranks second in the NBA in assists per game at 24.1. Kyle Korver scored a game-high 22 points against the Kings in their first matchup. The Kings will get annihilated in this one.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: ATLANTA HAWKS -8