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Hawks vs Pelicans Betting Preview

New Orleans PelicansAtlanta Hawks
27-40March 21, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena31-35

Atlanta looks to cover the Hawks-Pelicans pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 31-35 mark when they host New Orleans in NBA action.

The Hawks bring a 31-35 record (30-35-1 ATS) to the battle against the 27-40 Pelicans, who are 27-35-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Atlanta go 38-27-1 so far and the Pelicans go 34-33. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View New Orleans Pelicans vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

The Hawks - Pelicans odds would favor the Pelicans if the lines were set according to power ranks. Atlanta is rated No. 27 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Pelicans sit at No. 24. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 93-92 win for the Hawks.

New Orleans was a 107-100 loser in its last match at home against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 207 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Pelicans endured a 107-100 loss at the hands of the Raptors on Wednesday, despite a 19-point effort from Al-Farouq Aminu at New Orleans Arena.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 118-113 winner as they battled the Raptors at home. The Hawks covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 231 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Hawks got a 34-point performance from Jeff Teague as Atlanta handed Toronto a 118-113 defeat on Tuesday at Philips Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 101.77 PPG, against a Pelicans defense that ranks No. 20 at 102.37 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.8% so far, less than the Pelicans shooters have achieved on the year, 45.85% per game.

Next up:
New Orleans home to Miami, Saturday, March 22nd
Atlanta at Toronto, Sunday, March 23rd