Before placing your NBA pick on Hawks vs. Spurs, consider that the defending champion are of to a modern start this season. Does Atlanta use their revenge win over Indiana as momentum in tonights game?
In 2012-13, the Atlanta Hawks were a playoff team as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 44-38 SU record. Last year, the Hawks made the playoffs again! But, they reversed the record of the previous year by going 38-44. Though it was good for the No. 8 seed, they were the only team in the playoffs with a losing record. That was 5 games worse than the No. 7 seed, Charlotte. They played valiantly before being dispatched in 7 games against the struggling No. 1 seeded, Indiana Pacers. This year, little more is expected of an Atlanta team who figures to struggle to get above the .500 mark. In a pair of contests this season, Atlanta lost as expected at Toronto, then gained their playoff revenge Saturday night at home against Indiana (102-92). Top scorer, Teague, dropped 25 to lead the assault. Horford is again counted on to be a double-double machine. Most outstanding notes from the Hawks’ two games finds that their scoring guards, Korver and Scott, have made 13/17 three-pointers. Having been satisfied by getting their playoff revenge Saturday night, the Hawks will face a much tougher challenge in going up against the defending champs.
The Spurs have owned this series, winning 14/15 of the previous games on the court, including 16 consecutive meetings against Atlanta in San Antonio. The last time these teams met, San Antonio garnered a 105-79 decision on January 24th. Expect no complacency from the Spurs. In achieving yet another NBA title, the Spurs were brilliant with a 78-27 record, winning nearly 75% of their games. That included a 16-7 SU run in the playoffs. Characteristic of the Spurs’ team last season was their resiliency and determination following a defeat. Just such is the case tonight. After squeaking by Dallas (101-100) on this court opening night, the Spurs traveled to Phoenix 3 nights later. The Spurs are a veteran team who return virtually intact from their championship season. With Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, the veteran leadership, combined with the coaching of Popovich, has them projected for yet another near 60 win regular season. Thus, it was quite a surprise when the Spurs blew a 7 point 4th quarter lead in Phoenix, resulting in a 94-89 defeat. With 5 days to seethe over that result and knowing that they have greatly underachieved out of the gate, look for a very focused effort from a championship team, playing off a loss. Finals MVP Leonard now appears to be completely healed from the eye problems he was suffering in the early going.
Please note before making your NBA pick that in Game 2 or 3 of the NBA regular season, it is over a 75% ATS situational play to back a 30 or more win team from last year, if they lost their previous game as a favorite of 2 or more points.
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