Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game

Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Game Information

Atlanta Hawks (5-6) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (7-5)

Date: 1/16/21

Time: 10:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Moda Center

TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, NBC Sports Northwest, FOX Sports Southeast

Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds

Moneyline: Hawks -102 / Trail Blazers -116

Spread: (Open: Trail Blazers -5.5) (Current: Trail Blazers -4.5) 

Total: (Open: 236) (Current: 235.5)

NBA Championship Odds: Hawks +12000 / Trail Blazers +5500

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers News and Notes

Atlanta lists three players on their injury report: Danilo Gallinari (ankle) is out until January 20th, Kris Dunn (ankle) will be out until mid-February, and Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) isn’t expected back until March.

Portland lists four players on their injury report: Keljin Blevins (personal) is day-to-day, CJ Elleby (foot) will be out until January 18th, while Zach Collins (ankle) and Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) are not expected back until March.

Notable Trends

  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings.
  • The total is 8-3 to the under in their last 11 meetings in Portland.
  • The total is 14-6 to the under in their last 20 meetings.
  • Atlanta is on a 7-0 streak to the under.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Portland Trail Blazers Predictions and Picks

I’m happy to say that I was on the Hawks under last week when they faced the Hornets and three days ago against the Suns, so this isn’t one of those late arrivals to the party. The Hawks got off to a fast 4-1 start, but they’re just 1-5 in their last six games since then. Atlanta was 40-27 (59.7%) to the over last season, and I think sportsbooks are still profiling them as such. The one thing I think that’s being overlooked is their defensive efficiency.

Per TeamRankings, Atlanta was 27th (1.11) in defensive efficiency last season, but this year they’re ranked 11th (1.06) in the league.

To get a sense of how much Atlanta has improved defensively, take a look at how they’ve defended the three-point shot: Atlanta is sixth in allowing the fewest three-pointers (11.6) made by an opponent despite allowing the twelfth-most three-point (36) attempts per game. The Hawks also have the second-lowest opponent three-point percentage (32.3%) in the league. Offensively, they’ve had their challenges as they’re 23rd (50.8%) in effective field goal percentage — which is adjusted to account for three-point field goals vs. two-point field goals. 

As you can tell, my handicap is solely focused on this Atlanta team and their 7-0 run to the under.

I see no reason to jump off the bandwagon now, as I’m happy to continue riding this train until proven otherwise. 

The Pick: Under 235.5