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Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
|Rotation – Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|603 –Atlanta Hawks||+5½ -105||+200||Ov 204½ -110|
|604 –Charlotte Hornets||-5½ -115||-240||Un 204½ -110|
The Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets will meet on the court at Spectrum Center on Monday in a battle of division rivals.
ABOUT THE HAWKS (37-32): Atlanta All-Star power forward Paul Millsap did not look like himself while averaging 13 points on 9-of-22 shooting in losses to San Antonio and Memphis earlier in the week and was given Saturday off to rest soreness in his right knee. The Hawks got a strong performance from power forward Ersan Ilyasova (23 points on 7-of-11 shooting) in Millsap’s absence but could have used more from point guard Dennis Schroder, who went 2-of-14 from the floor. The 23-year-old Germany native is a combined 6-of-30 from the field in the last two contests and is 5-of-24 from 3-point range over the last six contests.
ABOUT THE HORNETS (30-39): Charlotte needs to go on a winning streak and get a lot of help in order to jump back into the race for the No. 8 spot in the East but gave itself hope on Saturday. The Hornets held the high-powered Wizards to 36.7 percent shooting and overcame some of their own struggles on the offensive end, including All-Star Kemba Walker’s continued slump. Walker managed 16 points on 5-of-18 shooting in the win and is shooting 33.8 percent from the floor over the last four games, including 11-of-39 from 3-point range.
The Charlotte Hornets are far enough out of the race with 13 games left that making a run up to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference would be a big surprise, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up hope. The Hornets will try to knock off a top-5 team from the East for a second consecutive game when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Charlotte’s three-game slide last week pushed it to 10 games under .500 while teams like Miami and Milwaukee were making moves forward, but the Hornets showed they weren’t willing to pack it in on the season by stepping up and beating third-place Washington 98-93 on Saturday. “I think everyone knows how bad we needed this one, man,” forward Marvin Williams told reporters. “We’re in a tight, tight spot right now. We don’t have very much room for error. We’re chasing some really good teams for the last couple playoff spots. We still believe we can do it so we’re just going to take it one game at a time. This was a huge win for us.” The Hawks, who occupy the No. 5 spot in the East, dropped their last three games and are running out of time to jump ahead of the fourth-place Toronto Raptors and earn homecourt advantage in the first round. Atlanta failed to score 100 points in any of the last three games and shot 36.4 percent from the floor in Saturday’s 113-97 home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Charlotte won its last outing, a 98-93 result against the Wizards on March 18. The Hornets covered in that game as a -3.5-point favorite, while the 191 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Atlanta lost its last outing, a 113-97 result against the Trail Blazers on March 18. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a -1.5-point favorite, while the 210 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Team record: 37-32 SU,31-38 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Atlanta is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Atlanta is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games
Team record: 30-39 SU,29-37-3 ATS
Charlotte is 8-15-2 ATS in its last 25 games
Charlotte is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Charlotte’s last 18 games
Atlanta at Washington Wednesday, March 22
Charlotte at Orlando Wednesday, March 22
NBA HOOPS TIPS
1. Hornets C Cody Zeller scored 19 points on Saturday after averaging 7.6 in the previous five games.
2. Atlanta C Dwight Howard recorded a season-high five steals on Saturday.
3. Charlotte took each of the first two meetings this season.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Atlanta Hawks will cover the spread at +5.5 and the game will stay under 204.5 points, according to scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Hawks 103, Hornets 96 at .
|Atlanta is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games|
|Atlanta is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games on the road|
|Atlanta is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games on the road|
|Atlanta is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Charlotte|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 5 games when playing Charlotte|
|Atlanta is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing Charlotte|
|Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte|
|Atlanta is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Charlotte|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Charlotte|
|The total has gone OVER in 12 of Atlanta’s last 17 games when playing on the road against Charlotte|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Charlotte’s last 18 games|
|Charlotte is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games|
|Charlotte is 8-15-2 ATS in its last 25 games|
|Charlotte is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Charlotte’s last 15 games at home|
|Charlotte is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home|
|Charlotte is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games when playing Atlanta|
|Charlotte is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte’s last 5 games when playing Atlanta|
|The total has gone OVER in 12 of Charlotte’s last 17 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|Charlotte is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|Charlotte is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|Atlanta’s Overall Scoring vs Charlotte’s Overall Defense||103.6||21||104.3||9|
|Atlanta’s Away Scoring vs Charlotte’s Home Defense||101.3||23||101.9||7|
|Atlanta’s Road Rebounds vs Charlotte’s Home Rebounds Allowed||44.6||5||44.0||21|
|Charlotte’s Overall Scoring vs Atlanta’s Overall Defense||104.8||16||104.5||11|
|Charlotte’s Home Scoring vs Atlanta’s Road Defense||105.8||19||102.7||4|
|Charlotte’s Home Rebounds vs Atlanta’s Road Rebounds Allowed||45.1||11||44.8||21|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Atlanta has the third worst free throw percentage in the league at 72.4.|
|Atlanta allows the second most three points made in the league with 11.0 per game.|
|Charlotte is second last in the league in field goal percentage at just 44.0.|
|Charlotte is second in the league in free throw percentage at 81.3.|
|Charlotte allows the most three points made in the league with 11.3 per game.|