The Atlanta Hawks (19-45) will attempt to put an end to a five-game road losing streak when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies (31-32) at FedExForum. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast.
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The last time the Hawks played, they were beaten by the Washington Wizards, 118-112. They failed to cover as 2-point underdogs. John Collins had a good performance for Atlanta, recording 26 points and 10 rebounds. Washington did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (31-35; 88.6 percent). Atlanta, meanwhile, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.605 (above their season average of 0.513). The two teams combined to score 230 points, which was under the projected point total of 240.
The Grizzlies are hoping to rebound after failing to cover as 4-point underdogs in their 121-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their last contest. With 14 points and 11 rebounds, Memphis’ Jonas Valanciunas had a good outing. Dallas’ 8.9 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Memphis, who had a rate of 17.5. The Mavericks’ mark was better than their season average of 10.9, while the Grizzlies’ was above their season average of 12.5. The two squads collectively scored 217 points, which finished just over the O/U total of 216.5.
These two teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 215 points in that game, which was well under the projected point total of 240. The Grizzlies won 127-88, covering as 2-point underdogs. The Grizzlies played a flawless game. They had a great effective field goal percentage of 0.576 and a free throw rate of 0.228. For those same stats, the Hawks were 0.369 and 0.152, respectively. Valanciunas put up a double-double in the victory with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Of Atlanta’s 63 games that accepted bets, 37 have finished over the O/U total, while 33 of Memphis’ 62 games have finished under the O/U total. The Grizzlies hold a sizable advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 31-32 SU and 33-28-1 ATS, while the Hawks are 19-45 SU and 29-33-1 ATS.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Hawks, it’s been Kevin Huerter, who has averaged 14 points,4.4 assists,1.2 steals, while the Grizzlies have gotten great contributions from Valanciunas (17 rebounds,15.0 points).
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Prediction: SU Winner – Hawks, ATS Winner – Hawks, O/U – Over
The Grizzlies rank ninth in second chance points per game (13.7) while the Hawks rank 29th in second chance points allowed per game (15.1).
Atlanta ranks eighth in three pointers attempted per game (35.7) while Memphis ranks 25th (31.1).
Memphis averages 18.0 fast break points per game, which ranks fourth in the league. Atlanta ranks 24th in fast break points allowed per game (14.6).
Atlanta averages 17.1 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 11th in the NBA. Memphis ranks 25th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.3).
Memphis is 18-13 ATS at home, while Atlanta is 10-21 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 19 of the Hawks’ 31 road games, while 17 of the Grizzlies’ 31 home games have gone under.
Atlanta is 4-0 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Memphis is 7-0.
The Grizzlies are 30-24 when they reach the century mark, while the Hawks are 19-37.
The Grizzlies rank second in assists per game (27.1) while the Hawks rank 20th (23.8).
Memphis ranks first in points in the paint per game (56.5) while Atlanta ranks 29th in points allowed in the paint per game (53.6).
The Grizzlies average 5.6 blocks per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Hawks rank 29th in blocks allowed per game (6.4).
The Grizzlies average 8.0 steals per game, which ranks 12th in the NBA. The Hawks rank 28th in steals allowed per game (8.9).
Memphis averages 46.7 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Atlanta ranks 27th in rebounds allowed per game (47.0).
Memphis is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Atlanta is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Grizzlies have outscored opponents by an average of 13.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Memphis has lost by an average of 1.3 points.
During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 118.0 points per game (6.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 122.0 points per game (2.8 above their season average).