Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds

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The Golden State Warriors (48-14), the NBA’s top scoring team, will clash with the Atlanta Hawks (19-43) at Philips Arena. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 227 points with Golden State opening as a 13-point favorite. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2, 2018, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast.

Golden State Warriors vs. Atlanta Hawks Odds Preview

The Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards in their last contest, 109-101. Kevin Durant was the top scorer from either team with 32 points on 12-for-20 shooting. The Warriors made 25 of their 30 free throws (83.3 percent) and held the Wizards to an effective field goal percentage of 0.461 (below their season average of 0.526).

The last time the Hawks played, they beat the Indiana Pacers, 107-102. Taurean Prince led the way for Atlanta, contributing 15 points and seven rebounds. Atlanta played a flawless game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.253 (above their season average of 0.192) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.9 (above their season average of 21.9). Indiana put up marks of 0.167 and 24.4, respectively, for those same stats.

The offense of Atlanta will battle against the top-notch defense of Golden State. The Hawks currently rank 26th in offensive efficiency, while the Warriors are sixth in defensive efficiency. The Warriors figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Ball security could be troublesome for the Warriors. They rank 29th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.2 percent), while the Hawks force the most turnovers in the NBA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 15.5 percent).

Of Golden State’s 62 games, 33 have finished over the projected point total, while 32 of Atlanta’s 62 games have finished under the O/U total. The Warriors have the superior straight up (SU) record (48-14 vs. 19-43), but the Hawks hold the sizable advantage against the spread (ATS) (32-28-2 vs. 27-32-3).

This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Warriors won both contests played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Golden State won 119-111. Golden State had a better turnover percentage (12.6 vs. 16.6). Atlanta, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (22-31; 71.0 percent).

Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks Free Prediction

Prediction: SU Winner – Warriors, ATS Winner – Hawks, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • The Warriors average 20.5 fast break points per game, which ranks first in the league. The Hawks rank 22nd in fast break points allowed per game (12.6).
  • Atlanta ranks 16th in second chance points per game (12.5) while Golden State ranks 29th in second chance points allowed per game (13.9).
  • Atlanta averages 8.1 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA. Golden State ranks last in steals allowed per game (8.9).
  • Golden State averages 29.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 11th in the league. Atlanta ranks 21st in three pointers allowed per game (30.2).
  • Atlanta is 17-15 ATS at home, while Golden State is 14-16-1 ATS on the road.
  • The total has gone over in 17 of the Warriors’ 31 road games, while 16 of the Hawks’ 32 home games have gone over.
  • Golden State is 13-2 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Atlanta is 9-4.
  • The Hawks are 17-24 when they score more than 100 points, while the Warriors are 45-10.
  • The Warriors rank 14th in points in the paint per game (44.6) while the Hawks rank 28th (40.9).
  • Golden State ranks first in assists per game (30.5) while Atlanta ranks 29th in assists allowed per game (25.7).
  • The Hawks average 18.6 points off turnovers per game, which ranks second in the NBA. The Warriors rank 26th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.7).
  • The Warriors rank 13th in rebounds per game (44.1) while the Hawks rank 26th (41.0).
  • Golden State ranks first in blocks allowed per game (3.6) while Atlanta ranks 23rd (5.3).
  • Bettings Trends:

  • Atlanta is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
  • Over their last five games, Golden State is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
  • The Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.6, up from 4.5 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 119.4 points per game (3.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 108.4 points per game (0.9 above their season average).