When Atlanta acquired former Houston center Clint Capela in a four-team deal before the NBA trade deadline, the hope was that he would be able to contribute and start to establish chemistry with Trae Young, John Collins and Co. after the All-Star break.
However, second-year head coach Lloyd Pierce told the media today that Capela won’t be ready to make his Hawks debut for ‘weeks.’
Capela, a 25-year-old veteran of six seasons, was dealing with a heel injury while he was still with Houston. He missed three games in a row and four of the last five for the Rockets. Capela’s only playing time was a season-low 17:09 at Portland on Jan. 29.
Atlanta (15-41 straight up, 25-30-1 against the spread) has 26 games remaining. The Hawks play host to Miami as 5.5-point home underdogs Thursday.
Capela averaged 13.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in 39 games for Houston this year. In 2018-19, Capela averaged 16.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.5 BPG. For his career, he averages 12.2 points and 9.7 RPG with a stellar 63.4 field-goal percentage.
Young certainly is stoked to have Capela on board.
William Hill has the Atlanta-Miami total at 231 points. The ‘over’ is on a 12-4 run for the Hawks to improve to 33-23 overall.
Before the All-Star break, the ‘under’ was on a 6-2 spree for the Heat. Nevertheless, the ‘over’ is 31-22-1 overall for Miami. With that said, we should note that 231 — assuming the total doesn’t dip lower — is the second-highest total of the season for the Heat.