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Phoenix Suns vs. Atlanta Hawks
NBA: Tuesday, January 14, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, 7:30 PM ET
The Phoenix Suns are playing well recently as they won five of the previous eight games, including the last two over the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets at home. The Suns now improved to a 16-23 record and are in 11th place in the Western Conference.
The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, are in poor form of 15 defeats in the last 17 games. Atlanta is on a four-game losing streak and is currently sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with the worst record in the NBA (8-32).
These inter-conference rivals met once this season, and the Suns secured a 128-112 victory at home.
The Suns allowed season-low 92 points in a win over the HornetsPhoenix displayed the best defensive performance of the campaign as they kept the Charlotte Hornets to 92 points in a 100-92 home win. The Suns limited the visitors to just 22.9% from beyond the arc and dominated the boards with 51 opposite Charlotte's 37. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Suns with a double-double of 25 points and game-high 15 rebounds, along with game-high three steals and game-high two blocks. Deandre Ayton added 18 points, nine boards, and a couple of thefts, while Devin Booker chipped in with 12 points and game-high nine assists. Frank Kaminsky (knee) is out indefinitely, while Ricky Rubio (personal) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.
"Kelly's a guy who plays 40 minutes and you look at him and he doesn't look tired at all," Suns coach Monty Williams said. "We don't run a ton of plays for him, and yet he ends up with 25 points because he just plays hard and he's learning to play with the group."
This season, the Suns have the 10th offense in the NBA that averages 113.2 points per game, and they are facing the Hawks' 29th defense that allows 117.1 points per contest. The Suns are the 24th in rebounds with 43.5 and 2nd in assists with 27.8 per game.
The Hawks scored season-low 86 points in a loss to the NetsAtlanta continued with weak displays, and in the most recent road loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Hawks gave us the worst offensive performance of the season. The Hawks scored only 86 points in a 108-86 defeat, shooting miserable 33.0% from the field and only 25.0% from downtown. Brooklyn destroyed Atlanta below the rims and recorded even 62 rebounds opposite the Hawks' 33. Cam Reddish led the Hawks with 20 points and game-high five steals, while DeAndre Bembry contributed with 12 points and four thefts. Trae Young (hamstring) didn't play in Brooklyn and is questionable to play on Tuesday against the Suns. Jabari Parker (shoulder) is out indefinitely, Bruno Fernando (personal) is also out, Alex Len (back) is doubtful, while De'Andre Hunter (finger) is questionable to face the Suns. The Nets fans roared for Vince Carter's two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The 42-year-old former Nets star finished with eight points in his final road appearance against the franchise.
Mannnn what an amazing night. Thank you @BrooklynNets fans, staff, players & media for all the love last night. It really felt like old times. @KyrieIrving thank you for the kind words as well...✌🏽 it’s been real!!!! pic.twitter.com/hUM30brG3F— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) January 13, 2020
"Obviously to come back here, and some of the other stops I've played for, and just kind of to receive a standing O for one last time is just great," Carter said.
This season, the Hawks have the 23rd offense in the NBA that averages 107.0 points per game, and they are facing the Suns' 24th defense that allows 114.0 points per contest. The Hawks are the worst in rebounds with 42.4 and 20th in assists with 23.0 per game.
- 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games against Atlanta
- 4-1 ATS in their last five road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of less than .400
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on one day of rest
- 3-7 ATS in their last ten after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing straight-up record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Atlanta is struggling at the moment, and the Hawks have the worst record in the entire NBA right now. The Hawks did beat the Suns in each of the previous five H2H duels at State Farm Arena, but lost 12 of the last 14 games at home and are displaying unimpressive basketball, even with Trae Young on the floor. Young is questionable to feature here, and the Hawks may be cautious with their star man so that he could miss the second game in a row. Without Young, Atlanta is toothless on offense, and even though the Suns are not known for good defense, the visitors shouldn't have problems to defend against the Hawks. I am backing Ayton, Oubre, and Booker to dominate in the sine and lead their team to the victory.
Prediction: Phoenix Suns -3.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
As I already said, the Hawks are relying on Trae Young on offense, and without him, it's easy to say they are the worst offensive team in the NBA. That was obvious in a massive loss to Brooklyn, and I don't expect the hosts to bounce back in this game. Phoenix did struggle offensively in the talks few games, but the Suns improved on defense, keeping the opponents to under 100 points in the previous two games. Considering the Hawks are shorthanded on Tuesday, I don't think the Suns will have trouble to keep the hosts at bay. I am going with Under.
Prediction: Under 224.5 (-110)