Blazers vs Hawks Odds & Predictions 3/14/22

by | Mar 14, 2022 | nba

Portland Blazers (26-40 SU, 26-39-1 ATS) vs. Atlanta Hawks (33-34 SU, 28-39-0 ATS)
When: Monday March 14 2022, 07:30 PM (ET)
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: ROOT-SP

Point Spread: POR +2.5/ATL -2.5 (Opened PHI -6 at Bovada)
Total: 220.5 (Opened at 221.5)
Money Line: Portland 119/Atlanta -143
Power Rating: ATL -2

Probable Starting Lineups

Portland Blazers PG Brandon Williams, SG Josh Hart, SF C.J. Elleby, PF Trendon Watford, C Drew Eubanks NOTE
Atlanta Hawks PG Trae Young, SG Kevin Huerter, SF De’Andre Hunter, PF John Collins Q, C Clint Capela

Key Injuries

Portland Blazers Anfernee Simons: Knee (OUT) Justise Winslow: Achilles (OUT) Damian Lillard: Abdominal (OUT) Joe Ingles: Knee (OUT) Jusuf Nurkic: Foot (OUT) Eric Bledsoe: Achilles (OUT) Didi Louzada: Knee (OUT) Nassir Little: Shoulder (OUT)

Atlanta Hawks John Collins: Foot (QUESTIONABLE)

The Atlanta Hawks host the Portland Blazers in a Non-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 07:30 PM ET at the State Farm Arena.

Recent Form

The Portland Blazers come into this game with an overall record of 26-40, placing them 11th in the Western Conference. Throughout the season, Portland has struggled in their 31 road contests, sitting at 9-22. Over the Trail Blazers’ last five games, they have picked up just 1 win. In this stretch, Portland’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 101.0 points per game. Combined, the Trail Blazers’ last five opponents are giving up 110.0 points per contest. A key reason for Portland’s recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 124.0 points over their previous five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 113.4. In the Portland Blazers’ most recent game, Portland took down Washington by a score of 127-118

The Atlanta Hawks come into this game with an overall record of 33-34, placing them 9th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Atlanta is above .500 at home, holding a record of 21-13. The Hawks have played well over their last five games, picking up 3 wins. During this stretch, Atlanta is averaging 117.0 points per game, 4.0 points more than their season average of 112.8. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 111.0 points per contest. Even though the Hawks have been adding to the win column, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 117.0 points per game, up from Atlanta’s usual rate of 112.1. In the Atlanta Hawks’ most recent game, Atlanta took down Indiana by a score of 131-128.

Individual Player Analysis

As Portland travels to take on the Atlanta Hawks, the team will be looking for a group of scorers to carry the load, as the Blazers are dealing with injuries. In their last game vs Washington, Josh Hart went off for 44 points. As Hart and co. get set to take on the Hawks, he could be in line for a big game as Atlanta is allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 51.72% of their games. This figure places them 21st among NBA defenses. On the other side, Trae Young leads the Hawks in scoring, averaging 28 points across his 59 games. Throughout the season, Young has outscored his season average in 49.0% of his outings. Given that Portland’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, Trae Young should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Blazers have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 54.39% of their games, giving them a rank of 26th among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

Heading into this matchup, the Atlanta Hawks are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has taken place in 2 of Atlanta’s 63 games, leading to a winning percentage of 50%. So far, the Portland Blazers have played 25 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 25 times, by an average margin of -18.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Portland Blazers and Atlanta Hawks have met up for 1 game. Portland took game one by a score of 136-131.

How the Public is Betting the Blazers vs Hawks

67% are betting the Hawks against the spread.
52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 233.5

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
  • Trail Blazers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
  • Hawks are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games.
  • Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Both the Blazers and Hawks come into this matchup, having picked up a win in their last game. Portland will be looking for another huge performance from Josh Hart, as he poured in 44 points vs Washington. On the other side, Atlanta is coming off just a 3 point win over Indiana, despite also being the heavy favorite at home. Look for the Blazers to keep this game within reach as they cover the spread.