The Atlanta Hawks (10-26) visit Talking Stick Resort Arena to take on the Phoenix Suns (14-24). The Hawks are 1-point underdogs and will try to snap a six-game road losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 218.5 points and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds
In their last game, the Suns lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 123-110, while the Hawks were victorious over the Portland Trail Blazers, 104-89.
The Hawks forced 20 turnovers and held the Trail Blazers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.465 (below the 0.543 mark opponents have averaged against Atlanta this season). Phoenix, on the other hand, forced Philadelphia into a turnover percentage of 18.6 (above their season average of 15.2). Devin Booker had a good outing for Phoenix, finishing with 32 points, six assists and five rebounds. Dennis Schroder, meanwhile played a pivotal role for Atlanta with 22 points and eight assists.
It could be a sloppy game for the Phoenix offense. Phoenix ranks 22nd in the NBA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 14.7 percent), while the pesky defense of Atlanta forces the second-most turnovers in the NBA (16.0 percent).
Just over half of the Hawks’ games have finished over the O/U total. Although Atlanta has a hard time winning games straight up (10-26 SU), they have a solid 20-15-1 record against the spread (ATS).
Of the Suns’ 38 games, 20 have finished over the projected point total. Additionally, Phoenix is 14-24 SU and 19-18-1 ATS.
T.J. Warren has been on fire recently for Phoenix, averaging 23.2 points and 6.8 rebounds over the last five games.
This was a highly contested series last year, as the teams split their two games last season. In the most recent game, the Hawks won 95-91. Atlanta did a great job of getting and making free throws (21-29; 72.4 percent). Phoenix, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (12.3 vs. 16.3). This is the first time these teams will meet this year.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Hawks, ATS Winner – Hawks, O/U – Under
The Suns average 13.4 fast break points per game, which ranks eighth in the league. The Hawks rank 18th in fast break points allowed per game (11.2).
Atlanta ranks fourth in assists per game (24.2) while Phoenix ranks 29th (20.4).
The Suns rank sixth in rebounds per game (45.3) while the Hawks rank 27th (40.1).
Atlanta averages 18.0 points off turnovers per game, which ranks eighth in the league. Phoenix ranks 26th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.6).
Atlanta ranks 16th in points allowed in the paint per game (44.5) while Phoenix ranks 28th (48.5).
The Suns average 13.8 second chance points per game, which ranks eighth in the league. The Hawks rank last in second chance points allowed per game (14.4).
The Suns rank 11th in three pointers allowed per game (27.3) while the Hawks rank 28th (31.3).
Phoenix averages 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 12th in the NBA. Atlanta ranks 21st in blocks allowed per game (5.3).
Atlanta ranks sixth in steals per game (8.6) while Phoenix ranks 27th (6.6).
Atlanta is 3-3 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Phoenix is 5-2.
The Hawks are 10-14 when they score above 100 points, while the Suns are 10-15.
Phoenix is 8-12 ATS at home, while Atlanta is 10-7-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 10 of the Hawks’ 18 road games, while 10 of the Suns’ 20 home games have gone over.
The Hawks are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Suns are 3-2.
In their last five games, Atlanta has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Phoenix has 3 overs and 2 unders.
During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 108.8 points per game (4.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 105.2 points per game (2.8 below their season average).
The Suns’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.6, down from 6.5 for the season.