Hawks Upset Suns, End Phoenix’s 11-Game Wining Streak

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  • The Atlanta Hawks snapped the Phoenix Suns’ 11-game winning streak with a 124-115 win on Thursday night.
  • Atlanta entered the game as +4 point and +120 Moneyline favorites.
  • Trae Young led the Hawks with 43 points on 6-11 three-point shooting.

The Atlanta Hawks upset the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night 124-115.

Atlanta entered the game as +4 points spread and +120 Moneyline underdogs at the best NBA betting sites and cashed both bets. More than that though, Trae Young continued his strong play and the Hawks snapped the Suns’ aura of invincibility in 2022 by dealing Phoenix its first loss away from home this new year.

Trae Young Doing Trae Young Things

Young was sensational and instrumental in the victory. He scored 43 points, including 18 in the third quarter, while shooting 16-25 from the field, 6-11 from three-point distance, and 5-7 from the foul line. He also easily cashed his pre-game point total of 26.5 points while also going over his 3-point made prop bet of 2.5 three-pointers.

It was the 20th 40-point game of Young’s career, making him the 6th player since the 1976-77 merger and the 9th overall player to record at least 20 40-point games before turning 24 years old. Among players to achieve the feat after the merger, only Michael Jordan and Young were able to accomplish the feat in less than 250 games played.

In his last 10 games played, Young has averaged 29.5 points, 8.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 47.7% from the field and 42.4% from three-point distance with a true shooting percentage of 64.4%. The Hawks are 8-2 SU and ATS during that stretch.

Hawks Snap Suns’ 11-Game Winning Streak

With the win, the Hawks snapped the Suns’ 11-game winning streak and dealt Phoenix their first defeat on the road and second loss overall in 2022. As for Atlanta, it was their eighth win in their last nine games and put them back on track after the Toronto Raptors snapped their season-best seven-game winning streak last Monday.

Entering Friday’s games, the Hawks have clawed back to within one win of the .500 mark at 25-26, after a stretch where they lost 8 of 10 games. Atlanta is still in 10th place in the East but they are now just four games off sixth-seeded Brooklyn in the race for an outright playoff spot.

This isn’t where the Hawks expected themselves to be after making it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Atlanta opened with the 5th best odds in the East at +1800 with only Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Miami, and Philadelphia having shorter odds than them. However, the Hawks have slipped to +3500 and tied for 7th with the Boston Celtics. But if they continue their current strong play, there are still more than enough games left to catch up. Remember that Atlanta was just 26-24 after 50 games last season before finishing strong.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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