Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#541 Atlanta Hawks 229.5 vs.
#542 San Antonio Spurs -8.5
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:35pm EST
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Written by Scott Reichel



#541 Atlanta
#542 San Antonio


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This Friday, there is a matchup between an Eastern Conference team and a Western Conference team in the NBA as the Atlanta Hawks and the San Antonio Spurs will face off at about 8:30 PM. This will be the second meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the AT&T Center.

Spurs Look For Another Home Win

So far this season, the San Antonio Spurs have looked like a below average team in the Western Conference. The Spurs have already lost 22 of their first 39 games as they are in possession of ninth place in the Western Conference standings. To make matters worse, San Antonio enters this game in poor form as it has lost two of its last three games. However, this game will be at home where the Spurs have played pretty well up to this point. Entering this game, San Antonio has won 11 of its first 20 home games so it will have the opportunity to get itself another home win on Friday.

Leading the Spurs offensively is guardDeMar DeRozan who looked pretty good so far this season. DeRozan is currently averaging a team-high 22.6 points per game along with 5.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists. However, he is also averaging a team-high 2.5 turnovers per game so he will need to do a better job at limiting his mistakes moving forward.

San Antonio's most underrated player is guard Bryn Forbeswho has been pretty good so far this season. He is averaging 11.4 points per game along with 2.4 rebounds per game. In addition, Forbes is shooting 36.6% from the three-point line so he has been a decent sharpshooter for the Spurs up to this point.

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Even though both teams have struggled this season, San Antonio is still the much better overall team and I expect it to show on Friday. Atlanta has lost 18 of its first 22 road games this season while San Antonio has won 11 of its first 20 home games so I think that the Hawks should continue struggling on the road in this game. Plus, Atlanta enters this game in terrible form as it has lost four of its last five games so I do not trust the Hawks in this hostile environment on Friday. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -8.5

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Both teams love to play an uptempo style of basketball and play virtually no defense so I think that this game should feature a lot of points. Atlanta is allowing 116.9 points per game while San Antonio is allowing 114.8 points per game so I can see both teams having a shot at reaching 120 points apiece in this game. Plus, money has already started to pour in on this over as the line has already climbed a full point so I would expend to see this line continue to move upward prior to opening tip. Give me the over as a result.

Prediction: Over 230.5

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San Antonio has been very inconsistent this season but it has also played well at home so I think that it should be able to play well for at least a half in this game. Atlanta does not have many weapons offensively besides Young and it plays no defense so I think that San Antonio should be able to get out to a decent lead early on due to its superior scoring depth. Plus, San Antonio already lost to Atlanta earlier this season so it should be extra motivated to put in a good performance in the first half of this game. Give me the home team.

Prediction: San Antonio Spurs 1H

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.