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NBA Game Preview - Hawks underdogs vs Warriors at Atlanta

Golden State WarriorsAtlanta Hawks
21-13January 03, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena18-14

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Friday when the Warriors of Golden State hit the hard court against the Hawks of Atlanta.

Atlanta will face the 21-13 Warriors, who own a 16-16-2 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Hawks are 20-11-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Warriors are 15-19 favoring the OVER.

View Golden State Warriors vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

The Hawks were listed as a 2-point underdogs at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 205 over at 5Dimes earlier.

This game matches up the No. 8 (Hawks) and the No. 9 (Warriors) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 98-96 result in favor of the Warriors is predicted by handicapping models.

The Warriors were a 123-114 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (237) made winners of OVER bettors. Golden State got 36 points from Stephen Curry en route to a 123-114 victory over Miami on Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Atlanta won its last outing, a 92-91 result against the Celtics on December 31. The Hawks covered in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 183 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Paul Millsap poured in 34 points for Atlanta on Tuesday, as they defeated Boston 92-91 at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Warriors rank No. 2 in the league with 46.44 per game. That compares with Atlanta’s No. 24 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Atlanta is the NBA’s No. 5-ranked team at 9.38 per game, while the Warriors rate No. 3 with 9.56 per contest.

Next up:
Golden State at Washington, Sunday, January 5th
Atlanta at Chicago, Saturday, January 4th