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Bucks vs Hawks NBA Game Preview

Milwaukee BucksAtlanta Hawks
13-51March 13, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena27-35

The visiting Bucks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Philips Arena against the Hawks.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Hawks are 27-35 so far on the season, and 28-33-1 ATS vs. the number. The Bucks, meanwhile, are 13-51 and 28-35-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Atlanta go 37-24-1 and the Bucks go 36-28 on the totals.View Milwaukee Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Hawks as -8.5-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 209.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

This game pits the Hawks, currently No. 26 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bucks, who rate No. 28 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 92-85 victory for the Hawks.

Last time out for Milwaukee, they were a 112-101 loser as they battled the Timberwolves on the road. The Bucks covered in the match as a 15-point underdog, while 213 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Milwaukee suffered a 112-101 loss against Minnesota on Tuesday, getting 21 points from Brandon Knight in a losing effort at Target Center.

Atlanta won its last outing, a 112-110 result against the Jazz on March 10. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 222 combined points took the game OVER the total. Atlanta got 26 points from Kyle Korver en route to a 112-110 victory over Utah on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Atlanta's No. 28-rated squad against Milwaukee's No. 25-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Atlanta rates No. 1 in the league with 9.53 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 18 with 7.25 per outing.

Next up:
Milwaukee at New York, Saturday, March 15th
Atlanta home to Denver, Saturday, March 15th