Blazers vs. Hawks Pick
Will the Atlanta Hawks avoid a letdown at home and pick up a win over the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 6PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Hawks are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -6 points against the Blazers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 214 points. The Hawks won the first meeting in Portland, 109-104 in OT. The Hawks have covered in four of their last five against Portland as well.
Atlanta has lost its last two games, including a 103-91 loss at home to the Grizzlies on Thursday night. The Hawks are now 37-31 on the season and 31-37 against the spread. The Hawks are putting up 103.7 points per game on offense for the season while allowing 104.4 on defense. At home, the offensive average boosts up to 106 points per game. Paul Millsap is leading the team with 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while Dwight Howard is averaging 13.1 points and 12.9 boards per game.
Portland is coming off a 110-106 win at San Antonio for its sixth win in eight games. The Blazers are now 30-37 on the season and 2.5 games out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The Blazers are just 28-39 against the spread this season after going 2-3 ATS in their last five. Portland is averaging 108.1 points per game on offense while allowing 110.2 on defense. On the road, the Blazers give up 111.5 points per game while scoring just 106.2. Damian Lillard has led the team with 26.5 points and 5.8 assists per game while CJ McCollum adds 23.3 points per game.
The Blazers have found something in recent weeks and I like their offense to stay hot. They are averaging 107 points per game over their last five games and I think that will continue against Atlanta. The Hawks are great on the glass, but they are going to struggle to score at a pace that the Blazer are putting up right now. I like Portland to keep the good things going today.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS +6