I’m a life-long suffering Hawks fan. Yes, I was at Games 3 and 4 of the 1988 Eastern Conference semifinals when Atlanta beat Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Dennis Johnson and Co. twice to knot the series at 2-2 heading back to Beantown. (There’s no reason to discuss how the rest of that series played out, though.)
Anyway, I was hammering the Hawks for profit galore with ‘over’ plays two seasons ago and wagers on Atlanta during its magical run last year. I know when my team is struggling and that time is now, especially on the road. Plus, this is a third game in four nights after losing at Brooklyn on Wednesday and at home on Thursday.
On the other hand, Phoenix is poised to play its four consecutive games at home tonight. The Suns have recovered from their slow start this past week with three straight wins by margins of nine points or more. They have beaten the Cavs (101-92), the Pelicans (112-100) and the Rockets (123-111).
After missing the win over New Orleans, Phoenix center DeAndre Ayton returned to contribute 16 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday’s win vs. Houston.
The Hawks are 1-4 straight up and 0-5 against the spread in five road games. Regardless of the venue, Atlanta has lost four of its last five games, including Wednesday’s 116-98 home loss to a Utah team that was without All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell.
Those four recent defeats have come by margins of 11, 28, 9 ajnd 18 points. Plus, Atlanta’s John Collins (14.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.0 BPG & 1.0 SPG) is listed as ‘questionable’ with a foot injury. I like the Suns at -4.5.