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Hawks open as NBA underdog vs Suns

Atlanta HawksPhoenix Suns
26-31March 02, 2014, 08:00 | US Airways Center34-24

The Suns will be trying to slam the Hawks on Sunday when the teams tip off at US Airways Center in NBA betting action.

The Hawks will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 27-29-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Suns are 35-20-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Atlanta is 35-21-1 on the totals; Phoenix is 31-26-1.

View Atlanta Hawks vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Stats.

The Suns were listed as a -8-point Favorite at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 215.5 over at 5Dimes earlier.

The Suns - Hawks odds would favor the Suns if the lines were set according to power ranks. Phoenix is rated No. 1 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Hawks sit at No. 23. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 98-95 win for the Suns.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 115-104 loser on the road against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (219) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Hawks wasted a 26-point performance from Jeff Teague as Boston ran past them 115-104 on Wednesday at TD Garden.

Phoenix won its last outing, a 116-104 result against the Pelicans on February 28. The Suns covered in that game as a 7-point favorite, while the 220 combined points took the game OVER the total. Phoenix got 40 points from Goran Dragic en route to a 116-104 victory over New Orleans on Friday at US Airways Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 6-ranked offense (104.9 PPG) against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 19 at 101.79 PPG. The Suns have averaged 45.8% from the field per game, less than the Hawks have managed so far this season (45.93% on average).

Next up:
Atlanta at Portland, Wednesday, March 5th
Phoenix home to Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 4th