Atlanta (28-49 SU, 39-38 ATS) at San Antonio (44-33 SU, 41-35-1)
Tuesday 8:30 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Hawks ATS
Best Line Offered: Pinnacle
The Hawks and the San Antonio Spurs had two totally different seasons in terms of on-court production, but as the season dwindles down, the two teams appear to both be heading in a positive direction for the future.
Atlanta is headed to the draft lottery while San Antonio will participate in the playoffs, the Hawks enter the inter-conference matchup in the far better form. Atlanta (28-49) has won four of five, with three of the wins coming against Utah, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. The win over the Bucks was the most recent, a 136-135 triumph in overtime on Sunday.
Trae Young continued his late bid to overtake Dallas’ Luka Doncic in the Rookie of the Year race when he nailed the game-winner against Milwaukee. It capped a 12-point, 16-assist outing, his fifth double-double in the past six games. Doncic might have created an insurmountable lead earlier in the season, but Young made a push upward in March, outscoring his rival 23.4 points per game to 21.8 and out-assisting him 9.3 to 6.8.
Young didn’t have one of his better games when the Spurs won 111-104 at Atlanta on March 6 in the clubs’ only previous meeting this season. He finished with 22 points, but shot 8-for-24 and had only four assists. The Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge was the game’s leading scorer with 32 points.
While the Hawks have little incentive Tuesday other than to avoid a 50th loss, the Spurs find themselves jockeying for position among the bottom half of the eight teams that have clinched playoff berths in the West.
San Antonio (44-33) dropped into a tie with Oklahoma City (44-33) for the seventh spot as a result of its 113-106 home loss to Sacramento on Sunday. The defeat not only completed a first-ever season-series sweep for the Kings but also shackled the Spurs with their 14th loss this season against teams under .500.
The line for this game opened up with the Spurs being favored by 10 points at home, which is entirely too many points for the Hawks, who have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA over the course of the last two weeks. Atlanta boasts a 22-16 record ATS on the road this season and will look to be lead by Trae Young to at least keep the Spurs margin of victory within 10 points.