If you didn't know, the Hawks are the hottest team in the NBA right now. We don't anticipate them having much trouble beating the lowly 76ers. We explain further in our NBA odds preview inside.
At time of writing, the Hawks were favored by 11 points at practically every major online sportsbook. You can track the odds and find the best possible value for yourself by utilizing Sportsbook Review's NBA odds. You never know if that extra half point will make the difference.
A total of 196 has been posted on the board for now. Whereas Atlanta is ranked top seven in both points scored and points allowed per game, Philadelphia has obviously been near the bottom in both areas.
If you can believe it, this is Philadelphia's best stretch of the season. The 76ers come in having won three of their last four games, which is pretty amazing considering the fact they've only won seven games all year long.
Those three recent victories came at home over the Cavaliers and Pacers and on the road versus the Nets, three solid wins over reasonably good competition. This run of good form was topped off by a narrow 93-92 win over Indiana on Saturday, a game that came down to the wire, with Michael Carter-Williams hitting the game-winner with nine seconds to go. David West was unable to convert as time expired. In the victory, Tony Wroten stood out most, as he logged 20 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals off the bench.
The overall results have left a lot to be desired for the 76ers, but that was to be expected. This is a team that's clearly in tanking mode, though they at least are getting a good look at players in preparation for next year. The emergence of Robert Covington has been one of those pleasant surprises, while MCW and Wroten continue to make a lot of players out on the perimeter.
It's a stark contrast between the 76ers and Hawks. Atlanta has been the league's hottest team recently, having won eight consecutive games ahead of tonight's tipoff in the City of Brotherly Love. The Hawks have also gone a staggering 22-2 over their previous 24 contests overall, which has catipulted them to the top of the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta's had a day off since a thorough beatdown of Washington on Sunday. The Hawks raced out to a 34-22 lead after one quarter and never looked back on their way to an impressive 120-89 win. Eight different players scored in double figures for Atlanta, with the team shooting 47.2 percent overall and 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the 3-point line.
With the way the Hawks have been playing, it's going to be an incredibly tall task for the young 76ers to keep up tonight. Atlanta's ranked #4 in points allowed per game and #7 in points scored per contest, so they've shown great balance thus far, something Philadelphia hasn't been able to do.
As we always say: we're not going to overthink this one.
Yes, the 76ers have been playing their best basketball of the season, but that's still not saying much. This team is still not even close to competing on a consistent basis, whereas the Hawks have been on an absolute tear and don't seem to be slowing down whatsoever. It'd be a surprise if they faced any kind of challenge from Philadelphia here.
What's making us feel better about laying all these points is the fact Atlanta has some great talent coming off the bench, which should only help them extend their probable lead. They've gotten great things out of guys like Dennis Schroeder, Shelvin Mack, Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic, and that's certainly been a big part of their success.
As such, let's add the Hawks to our NBA picks for Tuesday in expectation that they'll continue chugging along.
NBA Pick: Atlanta Hawks -11 at 5Dimes