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NBA Odds: Hawks host Heat

The Heat and the Hawks will stage their second NBA betting matchup in four days on Thursday when they hit the hardwood in Atlanta.

On Monday night the Heat were handed their first loss of the season by the Hawks, falling 100-92 as a home favorite in that contest. Joe Johnson led the way with 21 points for the Hawks.

View Miami vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Hawks as 4-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 999, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hawks at No. 28 and the Heat at No. 27 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 109-106 result in favor of the Heat.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Heat rank No. 17 in the league with 41.4 per game. That compares with Atlanta’s No. 12 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Atlanta is the NBA’s No. 10-ranked team at 7 per game, while the Heat rate No. 25 with 4.9 per contest.

Defensively, the Heat feature the league's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 96.7 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 118-83 winner as they battled the Pacers at home. The Heat covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite, while 201 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Miami cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Indiana out of the gym and running up a 118-83 score at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Hawks were a 76-74 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bulls. They covered the 10–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (150) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Hawks got 16 points from Al Horford, but it was Chicago that prevailed in a 76-74 final on Tuesday at United Center.

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Charlotte are 4-6
After playing Chicago are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Heat at Hawks trends to consider:
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Miami is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 13 games at home
Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Miami at New Jersey, Saturday, January 7
Atlanta at Charlotte, Friday, January 6