Bucks host Hawks in basketball action
Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds
The NBA betting slate features a clash between Milwaukee and Atlanta on Saturday, with the host Bucks trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.
Milwaukee battles the Hawks, currently with a 30-23 mark (23-28-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 26-27 for the Bucks and 27-25-1 for the Hawks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Bucks as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 203.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bucks at No. 13 and the Hawks at No. 18 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-96 result in favor of the Hawks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Milwaukee's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 97.6 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 12 at 96.5 PPG. The Bucks field goal percentage has averaged 43.4% so far, less than the Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.
Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, giving up 95 points per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 122-108 winner as they battled the Kings at home. The Hawks covered in the match as an 8-point favorite, while 230 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Atlanta got 24 points from Al Horford en route to a 122-108 victory over Sacramento on Friday at Philips Arena.
Milwaukee was a 97-94 loser in its last match at home against the Nets. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 191 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Brandon Jennings was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 2 rebounds but Brooklyn still won, 97-94, over Milwaukee on Wednesday at Bradley Center.
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing Sacramento are 7-3
After a win are 3-7
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 7-3
After playing Brooklyn are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
A few Hawks at Bucks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Milwaukee's last 11 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
Atlanta at Detroit, Monday, February 25
Milwaukee at Dallas, Tuesday, February 26