NBA Picks for Hawks vs. Thunder

Jeff Grant

Monday, January 27, 2014 2:35 PM GMT

The Oklahoma City Thunder briefly return home before hitting the road to face the defending NBA champions, as they prepare to take on the Atlanta Hawks Monday night. We turn our attention to the double digit spread for our NBA picks tonight.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this non-conference matchup at Chesapeake Energy Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Treading water

Atlanta is 5-5 SU and 4-6 ATS over its last 10 games, as it comes off a 112-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks as 2.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.

The Hawks are 8-13 SU on the road this season, including a 1-6 mark versus Western Conference opponents.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 5-3 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points, with the UNDER going 6-2 in that situation.

Streaking

Oklahoma City enters on a seven-game winning streak, which includes a 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as nine-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the eighth time in its last 10 affairs. 

The Thunder are off to their best start in the Oklahoma City era with a 35-10 SU overall record—posting wins in 13 of 15 games versus Eastern Conference foes.

NBA handicappers will find that the team is 32-13 SU and 28-16-1 ATS in January since the start of the 2011-12 campaign. 

Revenge 

The Hawks are 4-5 SU and 5-4 ATS when trying to gain revenge from a home loss this season, as they suffered a 101-92 setback as 3.5-point underdogs in their first meeting against the Thunder on Dec. 10. 

Atlanta forward Paul Millsap recorded team highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds in that affair, while he averages 17.7 points a contest on the season. 

Durant 

Thunder forward Kevin Durant is putting up MVP-type numbers, as he’s scored 30-plus points in his last 10 games played, including a 32-point performance versus the 76ers last time out. 

If Durant were to maintain his current 31.1 points per game average, it would represent the highest such number in the league since Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant averaged 31.6 during the 2006-07 season.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hawks with their NBA picks, as the Thunder are 1-3 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points this season, and they may get caught looking ahead to a pair of road games against the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets.

NBA Pick:  Atlanta Hawks +10