Add Streaking Clippers -5.5 To Your NBA Picks vs. Hawks

Nikki Adams

Saturday, March 5, 2016 7:05 PM GMT

The Clippers host the Hawks at the Staples Center in tonight’s round of NBA betting, all while looking to extend their winning form to four in a row. Here’s a preview complete with NBA picks.

Atlanta Hawks (34-28)
Atlanta Hawks are coming off a 106-77 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, coming through as the whopping -10.5 road chalk for their backers. In a quick turnaround, just a day later, the Hawks will be looking to back up the win with a second straight win over city rivals Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers, though, present an entirely different obstacle. While the Lakers are languishing in the Western Conference basement, their season all but done in principle, the Clippers are riding high, fourth in the Western Conference behind a solid 40-20 mark, which includes a stellar home record of 21-10. Beating the Clippers will be a tough ask.

Indeed, by the NBA odds, bettors can get a sense of the how tough the challenge really is. The Hawks are installed as the significant road underdogs, trading anywhere from +180 to +191 depending on the choice sportsbook. Against the spread, the Hawks are disadvantaged at 5.5-points across most sports betting platforms.

Recent form stands against the Hawks: they are just 4-6 SU in their last ten games, which includes a 1-1 SU record in their last two road games (lost to Golden State 109-105 on Tuesday). In their last four games, however, they are 3-1 SU, which could be a sign of a turnaround.

Overall, the Hawks are 30-30-2 ATS on the season, which includes a 2.9-point winning margin and a negative 0.8-point differential versus the spread. On the road, they are 15-15-0 ATS with a 1.1-point winning margin and a negative 0.3-point differential versus the spread. As away underdogs, they are 5-5-0 ATS with a 3.9-point losing margin and a plus 0.5-point differential versus the spread.

 

Los Angeles Clippers (40-20)
The Clippers are second in the Pacific Division, riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s clash with the Hawks at the Staple Center with wins over Sacramento, Brooklyn and Oklahoma City, the latter two coming at home. They’ll be looking to continue the momentum at the expense of the inconsistent Hawks and if the market were any indication they do appear to have a good shot to do just that.

Odds makers install the Clippers as the considerable home favorites in money line markets, trading anywhere from -210 to -225 depending on the choice sportsbook. Indeed, they’ve been bet up by the public from an opening -200 in money line markets. Against the spread, they are installed as the 5.5-point home chalk.

Recent form stands at 7-3 SU in their last ten games. They are also 7-3 SU in their last ten home games, with losses coming to just Minnesota, Golden State and Denver. On the season, the Clippers are 30-27-3 ATS with a 4.7-point winning margin and a plus 0.8-point differential versus the spread. At home, they are 15-15-1 ATS with a 6.7-point winning margin and plus 0.6-point differential versus the spread. As home faves, they are just 11-13-1 ATS with an 8.3-point winning margin and a plus 0.1-point differential versus the spread.

 

NBA Betting Verdict
On balance, this a clash of potential playoff contenders, which should serve up a highly-competitive clash. The only downside is the Hawks are playing their second straight game in as many nights and that takes the shine off of their NBA odds. They’ve been struggling lately and haven’t been able to string together any consistent run of form so expecting them to do it on back-to-back nights might be a bit optimistic. Of course, there have been positive signs of late which could see some NBA bettors put them up on their NBA picks. For our money, the hosts loom too large and should be able to edge the Hawks in the win column as well as cover the spread. Best current spread trading is -5.5 at both 5Dimes and Pinnacle.

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NBA Picks: Clippers -5.5
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle