When and where: December 8, 2019, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC, 5:00 PM ET
The Atlanta Hawks embark on a three-game road trip with their first stop being in North Carolina against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. A commonality between both teams is the fact that they’re both coming off losses to the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks dropped a 130-118 loss to them in a game where star guard Trae Young went off for 39 points. Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham was also left hanging by every teammate not named Terry Rozier in a 111-104 loss.
Back to losing for the HawksThe Hawks didn’t have long to celebrate their win over the Golden State Warriors putting an end to a 10-game losing streak. It was back to losing on Monday to the Nets as the team failed to rally around another standout performance from star guard Trae Young. He dropped a double-double with 39 points and 10 rebounds in the game, and it still wasn’t enough for the team to get the victory.
Such has been the case for the Hawks this season.
They’re hoping for a turnaround performance in Sunday’s outing against a Hornets team that has the second-worst offense in the league. Young should be able to get buckets in his sleep against a defense allowing an average of 48.8 percent shooting from the floor. A shot basically counts as a lay-up against the Hornets.
However, the undermanned Hawks are fourth-worst in the league in offensive efficiency. Those struggles have also extended to the defensive end of the floor with them allowing a 47.2 field goal shooting percentage. The team would love to see John Collins’ strong defensive prowess in the mix, but he is still serving out his 25-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
Forward De’Andre Hunter is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game as well.
Graham gives the Hornets an injury scareThe Hornets have seemingly dodged a bullet with second-year guard Devonte’ Graham exiting the game against the Nets early with a shoulder injury. He was missed on the floor as the Hornets went on to lose the game, but he is expected to be back on Sunday after clearing the injury report.
The team will need all hands on-deck to ensure they aren’t embarrassed at home by the Hawks. Charlotte has been downright awful on the defensive end. Opponents are shooting 48.1 percent on their home floor, and they are giving up 111.8 points per game. Those stats don’t particularly scare anyone in the NBA, but they could still prove affective against a Hawks defense that’s stuck in the same mud.
Graham has been a significant lift to the Hornets in the aftermath of Kemba Walker’s departure with 19.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists so far this season. The Hornets need him healthy and delivering on offense to ensure they have a real shot at winning.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Hawks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog.
- Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning % below .400.
- Hornets are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning % below .400.
- Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record.
- Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
- Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a road winning % of less than .400.