The Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs are scheduled for a 8:30 p.m. EST tip-off at the AT&T Center on Thursday night. These are two teams that are in similar positions just in opposite conferences. The Hawks and Spurs are both battling to get into the playoffs and are flirting on the bubble. Atlanta is seventh in the East with a record of 23-24, while the Spurs are eighth with a record of 24-21.
The Spurs hold a two-game advantage on the Golden State Warriors in the West. Neither the Hawks or Spurs are doing any damage in the playoffs if they get in. The Spurs didn’t bother to keep LaMarcus Aldridge around in San Antonio, and they certainly weren’t buyer’s at the trade deadline. The front office knows that the Spurs might just be a doormat for a team in the first-round if they do reach the playoffs.
The Hawks, though, this is a team with some good young talent expected to be better than a record of 23-24. The organization has to find ways to support Trae Young going forward. He’s a 22-year-old with room to grow and get even better than he is right now. However, if the Hawks do nothing to address the rest of their roster, it’s hard to see him wanting to stay in Atlanta. As we’ve seen in the past, it doesn’t take much to demand a trade in the NBA.
Young knows how to get to the free-throw line. He is the master at baiting defenses into fouling him and getting to the charity stripe. People don’t like it, but getting to the free-throw line is part of the game of basketball. It’s not flashy, but Young has been able to put up 25.4 points per game, and a big part of that is because he likes drawing contact. The Hawks need more than Young, and while he can still be a contributor, 28-year-old Bogdan Bogdanovic is not the answer for the future.
The Hawks are coming off a 117-110 loss against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Bogdanovic had a big game with 22 points and 6 assists, but it wasn’t enough, as the Hawks dropped their fourth game in their previous five outings. The Hawks were on a eight-game winning streak before then, and are doing a good job of trying to give it all away. Head below for our free Hawks vs. Spurs pick on April 1, 2021.
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The Hawks welcomed the Spurs to Atlanta on February 12, and it didn’t go so well for the home team. The Spurs were impressive in a 125-114 win. The game was out of hand following the first-half, as they had a 29-point lead at half. They put the game on cruise control and went through the motions in the fourth, allowing the Hawks to pull within 11 thanks to a 42-15 quarter.
The game was a whole lot uglier than the final score indicates. Seven Spurs recorded double digits, so it was a total team effort for the visitors. The Spurs are coming off a productive offensive night against the Sacramento Kings. They scored 120 points in a 120-106 win, as San Antonio bounced back from a 132-115 loss two days earlier.
Offense hasn’t been a problem for the Spurs over their last three games. They’ve scored at least 115 points in each game. It also hasn’t been a problem for them against the Hawks. San Antonio has scored 245 points against the Hawks in their last two meetings. Overall, the Hawks’ defense has been mediocre with 111.1 points against per game.
Nothing terrible, but they struggle at times, including recently. The Hawks have gotten walloped for 243 points in their last two outings. In their previous five contests, they’ve allowed an average of 116 points a game. Mostly because of their poor defense, the OVER has been cashing in games the Hawks are featured in as of late.
The OVER is 3-0 in their last three and 4-1 in their last five contests. Note that all of these games came on the road. This is the seventh of a grueling eight-game road trip for the Hawks. Following the loss to the Suns, and their terrible experience against the Suns two months ago, expect a better effort. Neither offense is a juggernaut, but the total looks a touch too low. A 115-110 or 114-110 final score looks accurate to push this one OVER the total.