NBA Picks: Bobcats vs. Hawks

Jeff Grant

Monday, April 14, 2014 12:53 PM GMT

The Charlotte Bobcats are focused on finishing the regular season with a winning record, which provides them great NBA betting value against the Atlanta Hawks Monday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this exciting matchup at Philips Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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All about winning
Charlotte (41-39) has gone 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS over its last seven games, including a 111-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as 12-point home favorites last Saturday, as the roster maintains its focus in trying to secure the second winning season in franchise history.

The Bobcats may be without the services of starting point guard Kemba Walker for a third consecutive contest, as he continues to deal with a sore right groin.  The former Connecticut start is averaging a career-best 17.8 points per game. 

NBA handicappers will find that the squad is 23-16-1 ATS on the road this season, with the OVER cashing in 23 of those 40 opportunities.

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Postseason bound
Atlanta (37-43) has clinched a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season—the longest active playoff streak in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks have won and covered the number in five of their last six affairs, including a 98-85 upset victory over the Miami Heat as 5.5-point home underdogs last Saturday.

It’s important to point out that the team has four of five probable starters averaging double figures, with forward Paul Millsap leading the way at 17.9 points a contest.

 

Series history
The Bobcats have dropped their last 11 overall games in this series, while they’ve also tallied a dismal 1-12 SU record in their last 13 trips to Atlanta.

Charlotte is capable of turning things around in this matchup, considering it has clinched a playoff berth for the second time in its history, while it has gone 18-9 since the All-Star break.

 

Offensive efficiency
The Hawks rank second in the league and first in the Eastern Conference in assists at 24.8 per game—dishing out 25-or-more on 39 occasions.

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

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bobcats as one of their pro basketball picks, as the road team has covered the number in the last four meetings in this series.

Atlanta has nothing to play for in its final two regular season games, as it will play the No. 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs

NBA Pick:  Charlotte Bobcats