Oklahoma City Thunder at Atlanta Hawks Pick - Odds and Against the Spread Predictions

January 15, 7:30 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Atlanta +9

The Oklahoma City Thunder (26-16) will travel to the ATL to take on the Atlanta Hawks (13-30) at the State Farm Arena for a Western Conference versus Eastern Conference showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM and is set to be broadcast on FSN for regional audiences. As of late, the Thunder have been lightning in a bottle against the Hawks as they have won five of the last six meetings between both parties. Most recently, the Hawks were pummeled by the Thunder in November in Oklahoma City by a score of 124-109 to cover as a 12.5-point favorite successfully.

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Atlanta Hawks Overview

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder enters into this contest off a win at home on Saturday when they hosted the San Antonio Spurs in OKC. The Thunder won by a score of 122-112 successfully covering as a six-point favorite on their own court. The victory snapped a three-game skid for the Thunder and allowed them to cover for the after failing to do so in the previous three games as well.

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta heads into this fixture on the heels of a nasty loss at home on Sunday when they hosted the top-flight Milwaukee Bucks. The Deers galloped to a 133-114 victory over the Birds and as a result, caused Atlanta to fail to cover as a nine-point underdog.

Reasons To Avoid Oklahoma City

The Thunder own many edges here to pull the victory and do so emphatically. The Thunder own a significant in the defense department as they are owners of an eighth-ranked unit that give up 107.4 points per game which stands 10.3 points less per game compared to Atlanta’s league-worst 117.7 points per match. Concerning the margins, Atlanta sits at -8.5 to Oklahoma City’s +5.4. As a result of these metrics and narratives, the Thunder actually appears to be easy money here which in itself raises a red flag.

Reasons To Back Atlanta

There is one huge advantage that Atlanta owns that could not only result in a cover here but perhaps maybe just lead to an upset. Atlanta’s bench game is far more prolific to that of the Thunder. Atlanta’s bench produces 42.6 points per contest which is 11.1 points better than OKC’s 31.2 points per match. When Russell Westbrook and Paul George are off the floor, the Hawks have a chance to scoff up points and perhaps never let this game get out of hand. If George or Westbrook’s damage is controlled, the Hawks could actually find themselves in position to threaten the Thunder in the latter stages of the contest.

Thunder at Hawks NBA Predictions 01/15/2019

Despite getting blown out by one of the best teams in the league on Sunday, the Hawks are priced as they were in that affair in this one as well. The number presented resonates with us as it implies that the market is reluctant to believe that Atlanta will not be able to cover the same amount again against another quality opponent. We have to like that position and will side accordingly. Hawks come in under the number.

Free Pick: 
Take Atlanta +9