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Hawks open as NBA underdog vs 76ers

Atlanta opened as 6-point road underdogs against the league's best defensive team and a team they have truggled against in recent years.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 6-1 ATS in their past 7 aggainst the Hawks and they tip off Saturday in pro hoops betting action. The teams are jockeying for position in the East playoff race and many feel Atlanta can win outright here.

The 76ers bring a 28-23 record (27-24 ATS) to the battle against the 31-22 Hawks, who are 27-23-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Philadelphia go 20-31 so far and the Hawks go 21-30-2.

View Atlanta vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the 76ers in this one, they're listed as 6-point favorites on the betting line for the contest at TopBet. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 179 for Monday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the 76ers, currently No. 3 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Hawks, who rate No. 9 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 98-94 victory for the 76ers.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 23-ranked offense (93.6 PPG) against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 5 at 93 PPG. The 76ers have averaged 44.8% from the field per game, more than the Hawks have managed so far this season (44.4% on average).

Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 92.6 points per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 100-90 winner as they battled the Knicks at home. The Hawks covered in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 190 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Hawks got a 28-point performance from Joe Johnson as Atlanta ran past New York 100-90 on Friday at Philips Arena.

The 76ers were a 97-76 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score (173) made winners of UNDER bettors. Philadelphia was run off the court by the Wizards on Friday as Washington blasted them 97-76 at Verizon Center.

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Charlotte are 3-7
After playing New York are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 4-6
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

 

A few Hawks at 76ers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing Atlanta
Philadelphia is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Philadelphia's last 21 games

Next up:
Atlanta home to Charlotte, Wednesday, April 4
Philadelphia at Miami, Tuesday, April 3

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