NBA Picks Spurs vs. Hawks +5

Jeff Grant

Friday, January 24, 2014 12:47 PM GMT

The Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs are both trying to deal with recent injuries, as they prepare to face off Friday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this non-conference match-up at Philips Arena.

The century mark

San Antonio has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it looks to bounce back from a 111-105 setback to the Oklahoma City Thunder as 6.5-point home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 205.

The Spurs have scored 100 or more points in 14 consecutive games—the longest such streak of its kind under longtime head coach Gregg Popovich.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 30-6 SU and 27-9 ATS off a upset loss as a favorite.

Familiarity 

Atlanta first-year head coach Mike Budenholzer spent 19 seasons in San Antonio, as he looks to pick up his first win against his former employer, with the franchise dropping a 102-100 decision as 12-point road underdogs in the NBA odds on Dec. 2.

The Hawks will need a major performance from forward Paul Millsap to pull off the upset—coming in averaging 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

NBA handicappers will find that the team is 7-6 SU and 10-3 ATS versus teams with a winning record.

Shortened rotation

The Spurs are missing three players that provide valuable minutes on the floor, with Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter all being out until at least next month.

San Antonio is 15-3 SU on the road, including a perfect 5-0 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents, which has been made possible by possessing the highest-scoring bench in the league.

Passing the rock

The Hawks have registered 20 or more assists in 23 consecutive games, with point guard Jeff Teague playing some of his best basketball of his career—averaging 16.4 points and 7.4 assists per game.

Atlanta’s last three home wins have come against teams with a 92-35 combined record, but the road team has covered the number in four of the last five meetings in this series.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Hawks in their NBA picks this evening, as they’ve gone 4-0 ATS at home with a betting total of 205 to 209.5.

San Antonio also lands in a sandwich situation—coming off a game against rival Oklahoma City and looking ahead to the Miami Heat.

NBA Pick: Atlanta Hawks +5

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