The Hawks battle the Heat on Friday and Atlanta laying the small spread at home has value.
Miami enters play after finishing the first half extremely hot, but they run into an Atlanta team that is far better than they are. Atlanta is a solid 16-11 at home, while Miami has struggled on the road going just 12-18.
The Hawks have the edge in almost every position and Dwight Howard will really be able to control the paint here.
Some trends to note. Hawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing
road record. Hawks are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss.
Expect the Hawks to really control the tempo here in this one and shut down the paint, which really leads to Miami struggling.
Back Atlanta ATS.
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The Nuggets are just a half game up on the Sacramento Kings, clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. They've lost back to back games after upsetting Golden State two weeks ago. They tied an NBA record with 24 made three-pointers in the win over Golden State, but followed that up by making just 23-of-69 attempts since. After suffering a blowout loss on the road at Sacramento last night, I expect to see the Nuggets play with a bit of added intensity at home tonight. They host bottom feeders Brooklyn, who have lost 14 straight. Normally playing on back to back nights is a disadvantage, but when your opponent is coming off a week long layoff, it's probably a positive thing. There isn't much for Brooklyn to play for here on the road at altitude in one of the league's toughest places to play. The Nets have failed to cover in seven of their last eight games against Western Conference teams.
If the Raptors are serious about winning the Atlantic Division - and they indeed are trading for Serge Ibaka and PJ Tucker - they need to win this home game. Toronto trails Boston by four games in the division. It's a crucial matchup for the Raptors. All-Star break came at a good time for the Raptors, who were reeling with 11 losses in their last 16 games. The team was tired with stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowery overworked and defense lacking. Ibaka, Tucker and the return of power forward Patrick Patterson from a knee injury should shore up the defense. Ibaka will make his Toronto debut, but has been on the team for the last 10 days. Tucker is questionable after being acquired on Thursday. Boston is 11-2 in its last 13 games. The Celtics stood pat at the trade deadline even though there were rumors Paul George and Jimmy Butler were available. It would have been a huge morale boost for Boston to have acquired one of those stars. But the Celtics, despite an abundance of draft choices, stood pat. Celtics management must think their team is better than the Cavaliers. The Celtics aren't. I don't think the Celtics are even better than the Raptors. Toronto has won six of the past seven meetings during the past two seasons, including the last one played in Toronto, 114-106 on Jan. 10 with DeRozan scoring 41 points. The Raptors were 5 1/2-point favorites in that one. This line is less. DeRozan and Lowery are going to get their points against defensively-challenged Isaiah Thomas. Now the Raptors have a big rebounding edge on Boston with Ibaka. They should play with a tremendous sense of urgency. The Raptors are 14-6-1 ATS the past 21 times hosting foes that have a winning road record. The Celtics need Avery Bradley to help slow down DeRozan and Lowery. Bradley has missed 20 of the last 21 games due to an Achilles injury. Bradley is not expected to play today. Certainly it's debatable if the Raptors are better than the Celtics. But what should be for sure is the Raptors need this game more, should be highly motivated and have improved at the trade deadline while Boston didn't. I want the Raptors going for me here.
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Play - Miami Heat (Game 847).
Edges - Heat: 7-1 ATS with five or more days of rest. Hawks: 0-5-1 ATS with five or more days. With the Heat 5-0 ATS in their last five games against .575 or greater opponents this season, and 6-0 ATS the last six games in this series, we recommend a 1* play on Miami. Thank you and good luck as always.
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The Williams/Brewer trade isn't about to make the Lakers any better. Not anytime soon, at least. A 36-point loss at Phoenix, prior to the break, dropped LA to 7-25 on the road. Meanwhile, the Thunder are off an 11-point win against the Knicks. That brought them to 20-8 at home. All signs point to another double-digit win here. Consider OKC.