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Bucks open as NBA underdog vs Hawks

Atlanta HawksMilwaukee Bucks
22-20January 25, 2014, 08:30 | Bradley Center8-34

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Hawks travelling to Milwaukee Saturday to face the Bucks on Saturday.

Supporters of the Hawks have seen them go 22-20 and 22-20 ATS so far this season, while the Bucks are at 8-34 and 15-27 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bucks are 21-21, while the Hawks are 24-17-1.

View Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds and Stats.

Milwaukee opened as 5.5-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 198 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

This game matches up the No. 28 (Bucks) and the No. 8 (Hawks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 92-83 result in favor of the Hawks is predicted by handicapping models.

The Hawks were a 105-79 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. Atlanta was crushed on Friday, getting run out of the gym by San Antonio and falling 105-79 at Philips Arena.

Milwaukee lost its last outing, a 93-78 result against the Cavaliers on January 24. The Bucks failed to cover in that game as an 8-point underdog, while the 171 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Milwaukee suffered a 93-78 loss against Cleveland on Friday, getting 13 points from Khris Middleton in a losing effort at Quicken Loans Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Milwaukee's No. 25-rated squad against Atlanta's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Milwaukee rates No. 19 in the league with 7.21 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 5 with 9.17 per outing.

Next up:
Atlanta at Oklahoma City, Monday, January 27th
Milwaukee home to Los Angeles, Monday, January 27th