NBA Picks: Back Favorites in Hawks vs. Jazz

Monday, March 10, 2014 12:38 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 10, 2014 12:38 PM UTC

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.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let’s take a closer look at the <a target="_blank" title="Follow live lines with SBR Odds" href="http://www.sbrodds.com">NBA betting odds</a> for this non-conference matchup at EnergySolutions Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:1em">[gameodds]5/258064/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p> <p><b>Road woes </b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The Hawks are 9-24 SU on the road this season, including a 1-12 mark when taking on <a href="/nba-basketball/news/western-conference-updates-nba-betting-a-37883/" title="Western Conference Updates: NBA Betting" target="_blank">Western Conference opponents</a>.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Returning home</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The Jazz have compiled a 14-16 SU record at this venue, including a winning 7-4 mark when <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/eastern-conference-updates-nba-betting-a-37882/" title="Eastern Conference Updates: NBA Betting" target="_blank">facing Eastern Conference foes</a>.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Familiar faces</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Starting off</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.  </p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The former Butler Bulldogs star scored a team-high 22 points and dished out eight assists against the 76ers last time out.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:1em"></span><span style="font-size:1em"><a target="_blank" title="Monday NBA Picks of the Day" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-monday-basketball-picks-predictions-a-37955/"><em>Read our NBA Picks of the Day for more free plays.</em></a> </span></p> <p><b>Prediction</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hawks as one of their <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Betting Predictions" target="_blank">NBA picks</a>, as they’ve gone 17-6 SU and 13-10 ATS as favorites this season.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><strong>Pick: </strong> Atlanta Hawks -2</span></p>
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