NBA Picks: Back Favorites in Hawks vs. Jazz

Jeff Grant

Monday, March 10, 2014 12:38 PM GMT

The Utah Jazz are facing the right opponent in hopes of snapping a long road losing streak, as they prepare to take on the Utah Jazz Monday. We look in to this battle to help you decide where to lean with your NBA picks.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this non-conference matchup at EnergySolutions Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Road woes  

Atlanta has dropped the first five of its current six-game road trip, including a 109-108 defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers as 15-point underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 221. 

The Hawks are 9-24 SU on the road this season, including a 1-12 mark when taking on Western Conference opponents

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 14-5 SU and 12-5-2 ATS when laying three or fewer points away from Philips Arena. 

Returning home 

Utah went 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS over its recent six-game road trip—closing it out with a 104-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as seven-point favorites last Saturday. 

The Jazz have compiled a 14-16 SU record at this venue, including a winning 7-4 mark when facing Eastern Conference foes

NBA handicappers will find that the team is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six games at this venue when taking on an opponent with a losing road record.

Familiar faces 

The Hawks should definitely be motivated in this spot, as three of their five probable starters spent some time playing in Salt Lake City earlier in their careers, including leading scorer Paul Millsap. 

Millsap is the only player in the league this season averaging at least 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. 

Starting off 

All five of Utah's scheduled starters are averaging 9.6 points or more per game, with shooting guard Gordon Heyward leading the way at 16.1 points a contest.  

The former Butler Bulldogs star scored a team-high 22 points and dished out eight assists against the 76ers last time out.

Read our NBA Picks of the Day for more free plays. 

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hawks as one of their NBA picks, as they’ve gone 17-6 SU and 13-10 ATS as favorites this season.

Pick:  Atlanta Hawks -2