It says a lot about how odd this NBA betting season has been when a team like Atlanta looks like it’s trying to tank and is still a playoff team in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have been downright atrocious lately, going just 1-9 SU and 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games. And they’re 3.5 games ahead of Detroit and Cleveland for the eighth seed.
This would probably be funnier if it wasn’t so sad, especially considering that the Cavs and Pistons are trying really hard to be good this season.
Atlanta was caught in a rough spot, losing frontcourt anchor Al Horford to another season ending injury. Without him, the Hawks don’t have much offensively or defensively. They allow the 23rd most points per game and get mauled on the boards every night. These guys also never seem to overcome the NBA betting odds when travelling either. The Hawks are just 11-18-1 ATS away from home this season, and facing one of the better NBA betting teams out there won’t make things any easier.
Portland began the year by smashing the NBA betting odds on a nightly basis, cooling off for a worrisome stretch before leveling out to a somewhat normal level. The Blazers are in the midst of a strong five game winning streak where they’re also 3-2 ATS. What’s been disappointing lately is their defense, which is supposed to be secured with LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum. Portland surrenders 102.9 points against which ranks them 25th in the league. Fortunately, they have the NBA’s best statistical offence with 107.8 points gained on average.
At home, Portland tends to be a bit of a headache. Their 2-4 ATS record in their last 6 home stands is evidence of that. But matchup wise, they’re a nightmare for the Hawks and I can’t tell you to risk your money on a listless commodity like Atlanta in good conscience. The NBA betting odds on Portland at home in this one will be heavy, but it’s a much better risk overall than hoping for a prayer from the Dirty Dirty.