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Suns open as NBA underdog vs Hawks

Phoenix SunsAtlanta Hawks
41-29March 24, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena31-37

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Suns travelling to Atlanta Monday to face the Hawks on Monday.

Supporters of the Suns have seen them go 41-29 and 43-24-3 ATS so far this season, while the Hawks are at 31-37 and 30-37-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Hawks are 39-28-1, while the Suns are 36-32-2.View Phoenix Suns vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

The Suns were listed as 1.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 214 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game matches up the No. 27 (Hawks) and the No. 12 (Suns) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 98-95 result in favor of the Suns is predicted by handicapping models.

Last time out for Phoenix, they were a 127-120 winner as they battled the Timberwolves on the road. The Suns covered in the match as a 3-point underdog, while 247 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Timberwolves were burned for 25 points by Markieff Morris on Sunday as the Suns picked up a 127-120 win at Target Center.

Atlanta was a 96-86 loser in its last match on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 182 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Paul Millsap scored 17 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 96-86 to Toronto at Air Canada Centre on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Suns rank No. 16 in the league with 43.1 per game. That compares with Atlanta’s No. 28 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Atlanta is the NBA’s No. 1-ranked team at 9.63 per game, while the Suns rate No. 4 with 9.33 per contest.

Next up:
Phoenix at Washington, Wednesday, March 26th
Atlanta at Minnesota, Wednesday, March 26th