The NBA action continues with an eight-game slate on Friday, March 17, when we have this inter-conference tilt, and here you can check out the best Warriors vs. Hawks betting pick and odds.
Atlanta is hoping to avoid the third straight loss when they welcome Golden State at State Farm Arena. The Hawks are 3-point favorites on BetDSI Sportsbook, while the total is set at 248 points. These inter-conference rivals will meet for the second time this year; the Warriors won 143-141 after overtime in San Francisco.
Warriors opened the road trip with a loss
The Golden State Warriors (36-34, 33-35-2 ATS) won both games of their two-game homestay against the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, but then opened a five-game road trip with a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors were excellent from the floor (55.7%) and made 17 three-pointers, but the Clippers hit 26 free throws opposite Golden State’s 11, which made a difference in the end. Also, Steve Kerr’s team committed twice as many turnovers (16-8), so a 134-126 loss was inevitable.
Stephen Curry erupted for 50 points (20-28 FG, 8-14 3PT, 2-4 FT), team-high six assists, and two steals, as he led the Warriors in this defeat. Jordan Poole added 19 points and five dishes, Klay Thompson scored 15 points, and Donte DiVincenzo had ten points and six rebounds.
SF Andre Iguodala (wrist), PF Draymond Green (suspension), SF Andrew Wiggins (personal), and SG Gary Payton II (abdomen) are out and will not play on Friday in Atlanta. PG Stephen Curry (thumb) is questionable.
Hawks were dismantled by the Wolves at home
The Atlanta Hawks (34-35, 30-39-0 ATS) returned home from a four-game road trip on which they recorded two wins, both against the Washington Wizards. The Hawks then opened their three-game home stand with a pair of defeats to the Boston Celtic and Minnesota Timberwolves. Although the loss to the C’s was somewhat expected, the one against Minnesota was very disappointing. Atlanta allowed 76 points in the first half and was unable to cut a big deficit in the second 24 minutes as the Timberwolves celebrated a 136-115 victory. The Hawks made only four triples opposite Minnesota’s 12, while the visitors were much better in assists (39-17).
Trae Young led the Hawks with a game-high 41 points, team-high seven assists, and six rebounds. Onyeka Okongwu posted a double-double of 16 points and game-high 14 boards, De’Andre Hunter scored 15 points, Dejounte Murray added 11 points, five rebounds, and two steals, while Clint Capela registered a double-double of ten points and ten boards, along with two blocks.
- 0-3-1 ATS in the last four games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
- 3-7 ATS in the last ten games following a straight-up loss
- 5-1 ATS in the last six games following a straight-up loss of more than ten points
- 5-0 ATS in the last five Friday games
- 4-1 ATS in the last five home games vs. a team with a losing road record
Golden State Warriors vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick
Golden State has the second-best offense in the NBA that is scoring 118.3 points per game this year, but Atlanta is not far behind as the Hawks average 117.2 points per contest. Both teams are struggling defensively this season as both allow over 117.0 ppg. The biggest reason I am backing the Hawks to get a win on Friday is Golden State’s catastrophic road record. The Warriors are 7-27 away from home and lost each of the previous nine road games. It’s going to be even harder for the visitors to win without Draymond Green, while Stephen Curry is questionable, which also doesn’t help Steve Kerr’s side here.
Pick: Take the Hawks at -1.5 (-130)
Atlanta allowed even 270 points in the last two games and considering these rivals combined for 284 points in the previous H2H duel (overtime included), I expect another classic shootout on Friday. We’re dealing with the two top 10 offenses, bottom 10 defenses, and top 10 teams when it comes to pace. In fact, the Warriors lead the league in that segment with 101.8 possessions per 48 minutes. Over is 4-1 in the last five H2H meetings; Over is 9-2 in the Warriors’ previous 11 games after scoring more than 125 points in their last game, while Over is 5-1 in the Hawks’ last six home games.
Pick: Go Over 246.5 points (-130)