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Pelicans vs Hawks Betting Matchup Report

Atlanta HawksNew Orleans Pelicans
25-22February 05, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena20-27

The Pelicans will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Hawks tip off at New Orleans Arena on Wednesday in NBA play.

Supporters of the Hawks have seen them go 25-22 and 26-21 ATS so far this season, while the Pelicans are at 20-27 and 21-24-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Pelicans are 23-24, while the Hawks are 28-18-1.

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The visitors opened this morning as 1-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 196.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pelicans at No. 23 and the Hawks at No. 11 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 95-92 result in favor of the Hawks.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were an 89-85 loser as they battled the Pacers at home. The Hawks failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 174 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Mike Scott scored 15 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 89-85 to Indiana at Philips Arena on Tuesday).

The Pelicans were a 102-95 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (197) made winners of OVER bettors. New Orleans got 20 points from Anthony Morrow but lost anyway 102-95 against the Spurs on Monday at New Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 99.85 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 16 at 101.21 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.52% so far, less than the Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 46.16% per game.

Next up:
Atlanta home to Memphis, Saturday, February 8th
New Orleans home to Minnesota, Friday, February 7th