Betting on today’s Thunder and Hawks game? Catch the action at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA, as the Hawks hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on BSSE. In this non-conference matchup, the Thunder are the betting favorite against the Hawks. The over/under for the game is 247.5 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS ATLANTA HAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Atlanta Hawks +2

This game will be played at State Farm Arena at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.

WHY BET THE ATLANTA HAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-114 in favor of the Thunder.
  • Our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finishing with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Thunder finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 15 threes.

Will the Thunder Make it Happen on the Road?

In the Western Conference, the Thunder are 2nd behind the Lakers and also sit 2nd in the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City comes into today’s game with five straight wins and will look to keep it rolling as 2-point favorites.

So far, the Thunder have an average scoring margin of +8.7 points per game on the road, which is the 13th-best mark in the NBA. OU bettors have seen the over hit in more of their games compared to the average over/under lines for the season (18-14 OU record), but all of their games have had lower OU lines than today’s 247.5.

Against the spread, Oklahoma City has been the betting favorite in 19 of their 32 games and have gone 14-5. Their straight-up record as the favorite is currently 15-4. The team’s average scoring margin as the favorite is +12.4 points per game.

Out of the Thunder’s 32 games, their non-conference record of 9-1 is the best in the Western Conference. This season, they have an overall record of 23-9.

In their last game, the Thunder put up 127 points against the Celtics. They shot 52.7% from the field and hit 18 three-pointers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the team’s leading scorer at 31.4 PPG. Chet Holmgren is also a key contributor, averaging 17.6 PPG.

Coming into the game, the Thunder defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 43.8% of their games. Currently, they are 12th in the NBA at 113.1 points per game allowed. The Thunder defense is coming off a game in which they held the Celtics offense to just 52.7% shooting. Overall, they gave up 123 points to Boston.

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen at Home?

With an overall record of 13-19, the Hawks will look to pick up a win over the Thunder as 2-point underdogs. If they are able to pull off the upset, they will also snap a couple of streaks as the underdog. Atlanta has dropped two straight games when not favored and have failed to cover the spread in each of their last two games as the underdog.

Against the spread, the Hawks are just 7-25 this season, and they have an average scoring differential of -1.6 points per game at home. This mark ranks them 12th in the Eastern Conference. When looking at just their home games, Atlanta is 4-9 for the season.

The over/under record in Atlanta’s games is currently 19-13, and the over has hit in each of their last two games. Coming into today’s matchup, 25 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 247.5. The average over/under line in their games this year has been 239.3.

In the Eastern Conference, the Hawks are in 11th place and have gone 9-15 against other teams in the East. When facing teams from outside their division, Atlanta is 4-4 compared to 4-3 in division games.

In their most recent game, the Hawks’ offense had a strong showing, scoring 130 points vs. the Wizards. Overall, they shot 49.5% from the field and went 24/37 from the free-throw line. Trae Young was the team’s leading scorer with 40 points, while Dejounte Murray added 32 points for the Hawks.

Coming into the game, the Hawks’ defense is giving up an average of 122.7 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 78.1% of their games. In the terms of takeaways, Hawks are causing 13.1 turnovers per game, ranking 17th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 24th in rejections, averaging 4.4 blocked shots each game.