Thunder Slight Favorites Over Hawks
Oklahoma City is in the playoff hunt with a solid core of young talent, especially Kevin Durant, and they have won two games in a row and are at home, which is why NBA odds makers have the Thunder as slight one-point favorites over the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
Atlanta Hawks (30-16) at Oklahoma City Thunder (26-21)
Bovada has the Thunder as a 1-point favorite in this game with a total of 191.5 ppg.
This season the Thunder are 14-10 at home and 28-18 ATS and the Hawks are 11-11 on the road and 30-16 ATS.
Oklahoma City has won two in a row, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and trail the Denver Nuggets by 6.5 games in the Northwest Division. The Hawks had leapfrogged the Orlando Magic in the Southwest Division, but now they trail the Magic by one game in the division after dropping their last game.
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However, the Hawks are still 7-3 in their last 10 games and are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
In their last game the Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 112-104 on Sunday and the Orlando Magic crushed the Hawks 104-86 on Saturday.
Many thought the Thunder were a solid team for the future, but the future is now, as Oklahoma City is currently tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for eighth and last playoff spot in the West.
The Thunder are led by Kevin Durant (29.6 ppg), who dropped 45 points in his last game and in the month of January was the highest scorer in the league.
Oklahoma has a great inside-outside game with the trio of SF Durant, PF Jeff Green (14.2 ppg), and PG Russell Westbrook (15.9 ppg).
This game is offense vs. defense, as the Hawks have the league’s 7th highest scoring team (102.2 ppg) and the Thunder rank fifth in points allowed (95.7 ppg).
The Thunder have to play good defense on the Hawks’ trio of Joe Johnson (21.4 ppg), Josh Smith (15 ppg), and super 6th man Jamal Crawford (17.7 ppg).
First time All Star Hawks’ C Al Horford (13.3 ppg 9.6 rpg) is the only real big man the Hawks have and he has to have a good game on the boards tonight, as the Thunder have a rebounding differential of +2.3 rpg while the Hawks are only at -0.3 rpg.
In the last game between these two teams Durant was only 7/19 from the floor for 29 points, but the Thunder won the game 94-91, which was in Atlanta, because they held the Hawks to only 40% shooting.
Wednesday NBA Basketball Odds
Miami Heat at Boston Celtics
Boston recent snapped their 3-game home losing streak, but they are still only 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Heat are also 4-6 in their last 10 games and they have dropped two in a row. It looks as if Dwayne Wade needs some help in South Florida or they will not make much noise in the post-season.
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Hornets
Even though Chris Paul is out with an injury the Hornets are still in the playoff hunt. Both of these teams are battling it out to make the playoffs in the tough Western Conference so every head-to-head match up is very important.
Thursday Big Games
Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers
The Heat are under .500 in their last 10 games, as of Tuesday, and in this game face a Cavs’ team that is on fire winning 8 games in a row and going 9-1 in their last 10 games.
San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trailblazers
Both teams are around .500 in their last 10 games and even though the Blazers have been killed by injuries this season they are still in the playoff hunt. The Spurs have been a disappointment this season, as many thought they would battle Lakers for Western Conference supremacy.