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(13-14) Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (16-11)
Date: Monday December 19th
Time: 8:00 EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 209.5
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Atlanta has been a model of inconsistency this season with a 10-2 start followed by a 1-10 stretch.
The Thunder are led by Russell Westbrook who is in the midst of a historic season as he has been a triple double machine.
After this recent 1-10 stretch, the Hawks have won 3 of their last 5 including an impressive road win over Toronto.
But, they also dropped a home game a few nights before to Orlando when they gave up 131 points to one of the league’s worst offenses.
Now, they’ll be tasked with trying to stop Westbrook who has been on a season long tear.
The Hawks have been averaging just 98.4 points per game on the road while allowing 102.1.
They have been allowing 112.8 points per game in their last 5 games.
The two teams met earlier this month in Atlanta and the Thunder prevailed 102-99.
Despite the defensive struggles of late, the Hawks have been putting points on the board. They are averaging 112.2 over their last 5 and will likely need to put up somewhere near that to keep pace with Westbrook and the Thunder.
Dwight Howard has been playing well in his first season with Atlanta but could have his hands full against the Oklahoma City big guys in Steven Adams and Enes Kanter.
The Hawks will need to rely on team defense to slow down Westbrook (good luck) and point guard Dennis Schroder to lead the offensive tempo to keep pace with the Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder
You can’t say enough about Westbrook and the season he is putting together right now. He has been unstoppable all season long and there doesn’t seem to be a gameplan to stop him.
However, the Thunder have lost 11 games so it doesn’t all come down to Westbrook.
They likely will be without Victor Oladipo so that’s an important offensive weapon to aid Westbrook..
The Thunder have been scoring 109.2 points per game at home this season so they’ll likely continue to enjoy their home court on Monday night.
The Thunder have won their last three home games against the Hawks.
The Hawks have been inconsistent but have been dominating the boards for most of the year. They have held the rebounding advantage in five straight and are led by Howard on the glass.
But with Adams and Kanter, the Thunder should be able to neutralize that potential rebounding advantage.
Plus, Westbrook has proven to be a great rebounder as well so the Thunder should maintain the advantage on the glass.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Atlanta are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Monday games
- Under is 7-3 in Atlanta’s last 10 games against the Northwest division
- Oklahoma City are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against the Southeast division
- Atlanta are 7-20 ATS in the last 27 matchups
- Oklahoma City are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Monday games
- Under is 9-3 in Oklahoma City’s last 12 games against the Southeast division
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Westbrook at home against a struggling Atlanta defense is a smart bet.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder -2.5
The Hawks have been inconsistent and Westbrook along with Adams and Kanter working on Howard should lead the Thunder to a win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 109 – Atlanta 95
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