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Hawks Thunder Betting Preview

Philips Arena features an NBA battle where the slumping Atlanta Hawks face the hot Oklahoma City Thunder in betting action on Saturday.

And if history is any indicator, the Thunder will win and cover as they are 7-1 SU in their past 8 trips to Atlanta and they are 9-1 ATS overall in the past 10 meetings.

The Thunder opened as 5.5-point road favorites in this one and much of the early betting action was on them at shops such as Bovada.

View Oklahoma City vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks - Thunder odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power ranks. Atlanta is rated No. 15 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Thunder sit at No. 7. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 102-97 win for the Thunder.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 93.2 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 19 at 96.2 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 43.8% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 47.4% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Thunder own the league's No. 19-rated mark, allowing 97.6 points per game when on the road. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in home scoring.

Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 105-102 result against the Magic on March 1. The Thunder covered in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 207 combined points took the game OVER the total. Oklahoma City got 38 points from Kevin Durant en route to a 105-102 victory over Orlando on Thursday at Amway Center.

The Hawks were a 99-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bucks. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (193) made winners of OVER bettors. Josh Smith scored 24 points and chipped in with 19 rebounds for Atlanta on Friday, leading the Hawks to a 99-94 victory over Milwaukee at Philips Arena.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Orlando are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After a win are 4-6


A few Thunder at Hawks trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Oklahoma City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Atlanta is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home
Atlanta is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Dallas, Monday, March 5
Atlanta at Indiana, Tuesday, March 6