Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets

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In Tuesday’s NBA action, the Atlanta Hawks prepare to take on the Rockets in Houston. Atlanta comes in winners of their last three and are red hot out of the gate coming into the second half of the season. They are playing well right now, and are 19-20, having won their last five overall. It has been a different story for the Rockets, who come into the game with an agonizing 16-game losing streak. They have the third-worst record in the league and are 11-26 overall coming into Tuesday night’s home matchup.

Trae Young has been sensational since coming back from All Star Break

Atlanta’s phenom point guard Trae Young has proven that he is one of the brightest young stars in the league, and he has been a man on a mission since returning from the All-Star break, and he comes in averaging nearly 27 points per game on the season. For the first time in Young’s career, he has a good supporting cast, and they are all bought into the direction that the team is going. If the playoffs started today, the Hawks would find themselves in the postseason as the eighth-seed.

The Hawks will be up against a Rockets team who has lost a whopping 16 games in a row. Houston started off the season alright and proved that they could compete, but a combination of injuries and drama this season has them in contention for the first overall pick this summer. Atlanta has an advantage at just about every position, and their speed and high-intensity pace of play led by Young is a lethal formula, that is now starting to take shape.

Houston, we have a problem

For a brief moment following the James Harden trade earlier this season, Houston looked as though the players they got for Harden were gelling well as they won multiple games with their new cast immediately after the trade. Since the horrific weather in South Texas combined with the fact that the Rockets have an aging veteran cast and lost up-and-coming player Christian Wood to injury, they are now looking like the worst team in the league and can’t seem to even buy a win right now.

Houston’s last victory came all the way back on February 4th, so it has been over a month of agony for them. On paper, they do not look nearly as bad as the Detroit Pistons of the league, and being that they acquired some former big-time players barely out of their prime, many thought they would be much better, or at least functional. This makes me think that there is a deeper problem in Houston, as they come into Tuesday night as sizable underdogs, running into a buzz saw against a red-hot Hawks team.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Just keeping it simple, would you pick a team that is meshing well and has won five in a row, or a team that has lost 16 consecutive games and is falling apart at the seams? Atlanta is the healthier team both mentally and physically, and the Rockets will not have an answer for Trae Young and the frenzied pace that the Hawks play.

Prediction:
Hawks

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Rating:

Depending on if Houston gets any of their key players back, they could be in better shape at least offensively than people think. But no matter what, these are not very good defensive teams, and Atlanta will be able to dictate the fast pace with their offense that is really humming right now.

Prediction:
Over