Atlanta Hawks vs Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns seek their 3rd-straight win versus the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night at Phoenix Suns Arena in a matchup that begins at 10 pm EST. The Suns are currently favored by 6.5-points for this contest while the total sits at 225.5-points.

The Hawks have suddenly dropped 3 of their last 4 games after falling to the Denver Nuggets in blowout fashion Sunday night. The offense was able to connect on 47% of their shots while nailing 12 treys; However, they were destroyed from the perimeter by a Nuggets team that shot over 50% in addition to making 15 3-pointers. Trae Young led the way with 21 points, yet committed 7 of the team’s 11 turnovers while John Collins missed 6 of 9 shots from the floor (1-4 3FG) for just 11 points. The Hawks failed to cover as 5-point dogs and are 1-3 ATS in their last 4 outings.

The Suns have won 7 of their last 10 games after taking out the Charlotte Hornets in overtime on the road by 4-points as they wrapped up their 4-game road trip with a 3-1 record. And while the offense struggled on the night making under 40% of their shots, Devin Booker was able to go 11-12 from the free-throw line while leading the team with 35 points while Deandre Ayton posted a double-double. The Suns won their 31st game of the year and remain in the top spot in the Western Conference. Despite the win, however, the Suns failed to cover as 6.5-point favorites versus the Hornets and have done so in 2 of their last 3, overall.

The Hawks have had some success versus Phoenix in recent meetings winning 6 of 10 SU; However, the Suns have dominated at home going 4-1 SU in their last 5 matchups. Furthermore, Phoenix is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 at Phoenix Suns Arena.

Hawks look to get back on winning track

Atlanta was red-hot in their return to the court after the All-Star break picking up wins in 6-straight games at one point. However, they have suddenly dropped 3 of their last 4 as they were destroyed by the Nuggets in their last outing by 23-points. The loss dropped the team to .500 on the year (23-23) only a half-game ahead of the Boston Celtics for 6th-place in the Eastern Conference standings. To make matters worse they will be shorthanded for this matchup due to injuries to pivotal pieces on both ends of the floor.

Danilo Gallinari, who posted 14 off the bench versus Denver, is out with an ankle injury while Bogdan Bogdanovic will not suit up due to a knee injury. Furthermore, Clint Capela, who has posted a double-double in 6 of his last 10 starts in addition to 19 blocks, is questionable with a hand injury while it is uncertain whether newly-acquired Lou Williams will take the floor. This means that Young and Collins must step up from less than stellar performances versus the Nuggets.

This will be the 1st matchup of the year amongst these teams as their last meeting was in January of last year as the Hawks picked up a 13-point home win. Young was sensational posting 36 points while dishing out 10 dimes (6 turnovers) while Collins also recorded a double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) along with 3 blocks on the defensive end. Kevin Huerter came 2 rebounds shy of a triple-double in this contest putting up 23 points, 15 rebounds, along with 8 dimes for one of his best performances of the year. It should be mentioned, however, that the shooting guard is averaging just 7 points in his last 5 games.

Suns seek 3rd-straight win

Phoenix is 7-3 SU in their last 10 games while winning 3 of their last 4 at Phoenix Suns Arena. Their defense has really impressed during this time allowing just 102 points. In fact, the team is ranked in the top 7 in the league in points allowed per outing along with field goal and 3-point percentage. However, the team has had issues on this end of the floor when facing the Hawks as Atlanta has posted at least 118 points in 3 of their last 4 versus the Suns (123 in January of 2020).

Phoenix, despite recording 15 turnovers in this contest, allowed 49% shooting to the home team in addition to being destroyed from deep with 14 treys. The team was also outrebounded by a 46-40 margin in addition to giving up 12 offensive boards.

Offensively, Booker led the way going 12-23 from the floor (13-13 FT) for 39 points and 7 rebounds while Deandre Ayton came off the bench to post a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. Forward Mikal Bridges, who has increased his 9 points per game average to 17 points per in his last 5 outings, came off the bench to shoot 6-8 FG for 15 points as the Suns shot 46% as a team (4-20 3FG).

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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While the Hawks have covered the number in 3 of their last 4 meetings versus the Suns, the fact is that they have struggled versus the spread in recent games failing to cover in 3 of their last 4 matchups.  Furthermore, they have not done well in this area in recent visits to Phoenix Suns Arena covering in only 1 of their last 5.  And despite the Suns covering in just 1 of their last 3 games, they have gone 4-2 ATS in their last 6 homers.  In all, I like the Suns to cover the points versus what will be a shorthanded Hawks squad tonight.

Prediction:
Phoenix Suns -6.5

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Again, I continue to be impressed by the Suns’ defense.  And while the Hawks have put up some big numbers versus Phoenix in recent meetings, I see the home team limiting scoring opportunities for Atlanta by playing tough, team defense for 48 minutes.  The under is 7-3 in the last 10 between these squads while being the play in 6 of the last 8 for the Suns (3 of 4 at home).

Prediction:
Under 222.5