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(10-26) Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns (14-24)
Date: Tuesday January 2
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Phoenix -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 218
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The Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns know that they’re not going to be competing for anything meaningful at this point in the season. But while general managers and fans are rooting for losses and ping pong balls in the lottery, the players are hoping to keep things going in the right direction by winning the few winnable games they have on their schedules.
Atlanta enters this contest averaging 103.9 points per game. That number is good enough for 18th in the league, while their offensive efficiency is slightly higher at 15th in the Association.
Defensively, this group is giving up 108 points per night, which puts them at 24th in the NBA. Their defensive efficiency—or points allowed per 100 possessions—has them at 27th.
Against Phoenix, the Hawks have to focus early on controlling the pace. We know that this group can get out and run, as evidenced by their 12th-ranked pace, but it’s the Suns who have created an identity using speed to score.
The Suns are third in the NBA in pace and have difficulty scoring in the halfcourt despite having a scoring machine at their disposal in Devin Booker.
Phoenix enters this game averaging 105.8 points per contest. That puts them at 15th in the NBA, but while being middle-of-the-pack isn’t terrible, it’s surprising considering they create the third-most possessions of any team across the league.
So why so few points? Efficiency. Phoenix is just 26th in offensive efficiency, scoring just 102.5 points per 100 possessions.
On defense, the story isn’t any better for this Suns squad. They give up 112.4 points per game, which is dead last in the NBA.
But again, it’s about more than their pace. Phoenix is 29th in the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions, putting them ahead of only the lowly Sacramento Kings for Defensive Efficiency.
NBA Betting Trends:
- ATL are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Under is 9-3 in ATL last 12 Tue. games.
- Over is 6-2 in ATL last 8 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Over is 12-4 in PHO last 16 vs. Eastern Conference.
- PHO are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Over is 16-7 in PHO last 23 games as a favorite.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Despite its poor record, Atlanta has won three of its last four contests, collecting wins over the Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks. (Their one loss came against the Toronto Raptors.)
Phoenix is coming off a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but it’s also won three of its last four. In fact, the Suns have won five of their last eight.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Phoenix ATS
In this one, Atlanta will struggle to keep the Suns from getting out in transition. This could prove to be a sloppy game for both teams, but if the pace stays high, it’ll play to the Suns’ strengths.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Phoenix Suns 111 – Atlanta Hawks 105
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