The San Antonio Spurs (17-22) will be at home in the AT&T Center when they take on the Atlanta Hawks (9-32). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 229.5 points with San Antonio opening as an 8.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 17, 2020, and it can be seen on KENS-TV 5.
Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs ATS Preview
The Hawks defeated the Phoenix Suns in their last outing, 123-110, despite being 2-point underdogs. Trae Young led Atlanta in scoring with 36 points on 11-for-25 shooting. The Hawks, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.5, had a great mark of 28.6 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.570 (above their season average of 0.502). The two teams combined to score 233 points, which finished just over the O/U total of 231.5.
In the Spurs’ previous game, they were topped by the Miami Heat, 106-100, and failed to cover as 5-point underdogs. DeMar DeRozan was San Antonio’s high scorer with 30 points on 12-for-14 shooting. Miami held the Spurs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 12.8 (below their season average of 21.0). San Antonio, on the other hand, did a great job of making free throws (12-15; 80.0 percent). The two teams combined to account for 206 points, which finished under the projected point total of 219.5.
San Antonio figures to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Spurs currently rank ninth in offensive efficiency, while Atlanta ranks 26th in defensive efficiency. Additionally, the Hawks rank 28th in offensive rebounding percentage (20.6 percent), while the Spurs rank fourth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.4 percent).
Of Atlanta’s 41 games, 21 have finished over the O/U total, while 23 of San Antonio’s 39 games have finished over the projected point total. The Spurs have the better straight up (SU) record (17-22 vs. 9-32), but the Hawks hold the sizable advantage against the spread (ATS) (18-23 vs. 14-23-2).
These two clubs have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to score 208 points, well under the projected point total of 223. The Hawks won 108-100, covering as 6-point underdogs. Atlanta’s 0.539 effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over San Antonio, who had a rate of 0.462. Young recorded a double-double with 29 points and 13 assists.
Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs Prediction
NBA Tip: SU Winner – Spurs, ATS Winner – Spurs, O/U – Over
San Antonio ranks seventh in steals allowed per game (7.1) while Atlanta ranks 29th (8.9).
San Antonio ranks 16th in second chance points allowed per game (13.2) while Atlanta ranks 29th (14.8).
The Spurs average 14.3 fast break points per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA. The Hawks rank 22nd in fast break points allowed per game (14.2).
San Antonio is 6-14 ATS at home, while Atlanta is 7-15 ATS on the road.
San Antonio is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, Atlanta is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Spurs have outscored opponents by an average of 3.8 points in their last five games. On the season, San Antonio has lost by an average of 1.2 points.
During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 108.0 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 114.8 points per game (2.1 below their season average).