Betting Trends, Preview & NBA Pick on Clippers vs. Hawks

Darin Zank

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:54 PM GMT

Atlanta is 4-0 both straight up and ATS, while the Clippers are 3-4 AU and just 1-6 ATS over their last seven contests. So it will be a hot Hawks team going against a cool Clippers outfit Tuesday night down in the ATL.

Clippers-Hawks Betting Lines
As of early Tuesday morning most of the NBA betting odds market was holding off on lining this game, probably because of the injury situation with Atlanta guard Jeff Teague. Pinnacle became the first shop to put out numbers on this contest, posting the Hawks as two-point favorites, with the Clippers getting +112 on the moneyline.

 

Clippers-Hawks: The Match-Up
Atlanta has won 13 of its last 14 games, going 11-3 ATS in the process. The Hawks recently won nine in a row, then lost at Orlando 100-99 ten days ago. Since then they've won four more in a row, after beating the Mavericks in Dallas Monday night 105-102.

Atlanta the Mavs by 14 at the half Monday and by 24 in the third quarter, then held on from there. For the game the Hawks shot 49 percent from the field, limited Dallas to 43 percent shooting and won outright as four-point dogs.

Prior to the victory over Dallas the Hawks had beaten the Bulls at home, then the Cavs in Cleveland (as six-point dogs) and the Rockets in Houston (as five-point dogs). So at the moment it doesn’t appear Atlanta cares about who they play or where; they're just playing some good ball.

At 20-7 the Hawks lurk just one game behind first-place Toronto in the battle for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Clippers recently won nine games in a row, but are 3-4 SU and 1-6 ATS since. Last Friday LA lost at Denver 109-106, missing a couple of 3-pointers in the final seconds that would have tied the game. Saturday night, though, the Clippers bounced back to beat Milwaukee 106-102, scoring the last four points of the game, but couldn't cover the spread as 10-point favorites.

Monday night LA lost at San Antonio 125-118, going down as one-point dogs. The Clippers trailed by a dozen at the half Monday night, and by 17 in the third quarter, then rallied to tie the game at 102-102 with eight minutes left. But LA never took the lead, and missed several key shots down the stretch.

The Clippers shot 50 percent from the floor, but allowed the Spurs to shoot a blazing 64 percent. At 19-9 Los Angeles owns the six spot in the Western Conference.

This is the first meeting between these teams this season. Last season these teams split two games, each winning on their home court. But Atlanta covered both games, winning straight up as a two-point home dog, then losing 109-108 as a 15-point dog. The Hawks shot 51 percent from the floor in those two games combined, while LA shot 50 percent. Those two games averaged 211 total points.

 

Clippers-Haws Key Numbers
LA ranks second in the league in FG shooting at 48 percent, third in 3-point shooting at 38.5 percent, but 24th in FG defense, allowing opponents to shoot 46 percent. The Clippers also rank fifth in assists at 24.5 per game and seventh-best in turnovers at 12 per game.

Atlanta ranks fourth in FG shooting at 47 percent, fourth in 3-point shooting at 38 percent and eighth in FG defense, holding foes to 44 percent shooting. The Hawks also rank just 25th in rebounding at -2.5 per game, but leads the league in assists at just under 26 per game, while averaging 13 turnovers.

 

Clippers-Hawks Betting Trends
LA is 14-11 on the totals this season, as Clippers games have averaged 208 points.
Atlanta is 15-12 on the totals, as Hawks games have averaged 200 points.
LA is 8-6 SU, 6-8 ATS on the road this season.
Atlanta is 12-2 SU, 8-6 ATS at home.

 

Injury Update
Atlanta's Teague, who leads the team in both scoring and assists at 17/7 per game, has missed the last three games with a sore hamstring, and he'll probably miss this game, too.

 

Clippers-Hawks Free Pick
These two teams have been headed in somewhat different directions as of late, but the NBA is still ripe for “reversal of fortune” plays. The Clippers lost at San Antonio Monday night, while Atlanta won in Dallas. In thinking LA might bounce back, while the Hawks might suffer a bit of a letdown, we'll go with the Clippers on the moneyline for our free NBA pick in this spot.