The NBA is set up with a great night of action throughout Monday. Eight games will be up on the board on May 3. One of these games will be between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have been solid this season, which should lead to an exciting tilt on Monday. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Portland has earned a record of 26-28 to this point in the season, which has them in seventh place of the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers are half a game back on the fifth and sixth seed and will look to catch them with a win in this one. Portland has won four games in a row entering this matchup. I expect the Trail Blazers to come out hot on Monday night.
The Hawks have posted a record of 35-30 throughout this season, which has them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is one game back on the fourth seed, but are only half a game up on the sixth and seventh seed. The Hawks won their last game, which ended a three game slide. Atlanta will look to build off that win in this one.
These two teams are both in solid playoff positioning in their respective Conferences, which should lead to an exciting game. The Trail Blazers are coming off a game on Sunday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one. If Portland can come out quickly in this one though, Atlanta could be in trouble. I expect the Hawks to attack early to catch the Trail Blazers sleeping.
The Trail Blazers and the Hawks met up twice throughout last season. Portland hosted the first game of the season series on November 10. Trae Young dropped 35 points and 10 assists. Jabari Parker added 27 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough. Damian Lillard scored 30 points, while C.J. McCollum finished with 23 points. The Trail Blazers earned a 124-113 win in overtime.
Atlanta hosted the second game of the season series on February 29. C.J. McCollum scored 35 points, but this time Portland came up short. Trae Young finished with 25 points and 15 assists. John Collins added 24 points and 10 rebounds, while De’Andre Hunter dropped 22 points. The Hawks were able to hold on for a 129-117 win at home in this one.
The first game of this season’s series was in Portland on January 16. Trae Young scored 26 points and 11 assists, while Clint Capela had 25 points and 15 rebounds. Atlanta could not earn the win in this one though. Damian Lillard dropped 36 points on the night. Gary Trent Jr. added 18 points off the bench to help give the Trail Blazers a 112-106 win.
These two teams split the season series last season, each winning at home. Portland kept up that trend with a win at home to open this season series and now the Hawks will try to match. Atlanta has been playing well this season, but they will have a tough matchup against the Trail Blazers in this one. The Hawks will look to use their depth to their advantage to grab a win on Monday night.
Field Goal Shooting
Portland has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Trail Blazers have made around 44.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 26th in the NBA. Portland has shot 38 percent from behind the arc, which is 6th in the league. The Trail Blazers have sunk 82.6 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 2nd in the NBA.
The Hawks have struggled a bit shooting the ball this season. Atlanta has been able to shoot 46.2 percent from the field this season, which is 20th in the league. The Hawks have made around 37 percent of their shots from deep, which is 14th in the NBA. Atlanta has drained 81.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 5th in the league.
The Trail Blazers have been better shooting the ball this season, but Atlanta has been better on defense. The Hawks have held opposing teams to a 46.4 percent from the field, which is 14th in the NBA. Portland has allowed their opponents to shoot 47.7 percent from the field, which is 27th in the league. Atlanta will look to attack the Trail Blazers defense in this one as they play for the second straight night.
Damian Lillard continues to be a great leader for the Trail Blazers this season. Lillard has averaged 28.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. C.J. McCollum is averaging 23 points per game. Norman Powell has averaged 17 points, while Carmelo Anthony is averaging 13.5 points per game. Enes Kanter has averaged 11.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 11 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Trae Young has been doing really well for Atlanta so far this season. Young is averaging 25.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. John Collins has averaged 17.5 points, while Clint Capela is averaging 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds. Bogdan Bogdanovic has averaged 15 points and Danilo Gallinari is averaging 13 points per game. Kevin Huerter and Lou Williams are averaging 12 and 11 points, respectively.
These two teams have been led by their depth throughout this season. Lillard and McCollum have been a dangerous duo and will look to outplay Young in this one. The Hawks are without De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish in this one. Atlanta will look for players to step up in this one to fill in for those players. I expect both teams to try and shoot well early to get into a groove.
The Trail Blazers are coming off a win earlier in the season, but I think Atlanta can bounce back in this one. The Hawks have been strong throughout this season and I think they can catch Portland tired in this one. Atlanta will look for their defense to slow down the Trail Blazers enough to go on the attack early. If the Hawks can come out the gate swinging, I think they can win this one at home.
BetOnline has Atlanta listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Hawks at home, which I agree with. Atlanta has had an extra night of rest, which I think will allow them to come out faster. If the Hawks can use their depth to their advantage, I think it will give them the win over Portland on Monday night.