7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta (-7½) O/U: 224.5
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+7½ (-110)||+235||O 224½ (-110)|
|Atlanta Hawks||-7½ (-110)||-290||U 224½ (-110)|
The 17-23 Thunder travel to Atlanta on Thursday night to take on the 20-20 Hawks. Oklahoma City was last in action Tuesday night falling to the Bulls in Chicago 123-102. Atlanta picked up a 119-107 in Houston on Tuesday night.
The Thunder are depleted at the moment, playing without centers Meyers Leonard and Al Horford, as well as without guard George Hill and forwards Darius Bazley and Josh Hall. All of them will be sidelined Thursday night. Forward Lu Dort has been a key piece for Oklahoma City this season, averaging 12.4 points on 30 minutes per game.
The Hawks will be forced to play without forwards DeAndre Hunter and Cam Reddish, but they will have star guard Trae Young, who leads the team with 26 points and 9.4 assists per game. Atlanta’s leading scorer in the first matchup was John Collins, who tallied 25 points and also added eight rebounds.
Oklahoma City, on the other hand, has officially adopted the look of a team tanking. With Atlanta now in the mix for the playoffs, the Hawks not only are playing well but also have something for which to play. The line will move to nine or 10 by tipoff if Dort is unable to go because he is the anchor for the Thunder’s defense. Do not hesitate to take the Hawks and lay the seven points in a game that they should win easily by double figures.
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