The spread is just 1½ points for Wednesday night’s Atlanta Hawks vs Oklahoma City Thunder game in OKC. Both teams have picked up the pace in the new year and fighting for playoff spots as we dig into the second half of the NBA season.
While the Hawks have a better record, the Thunder are the most profitable team to bet on in the NBA. Who comes away with the win, and more importantly, which team will make us some money?
The Atlanta Hawks have looked better in recent weeks and have a 6-4 record in their previous 10 games to show for it. The Hawks also have one of the best point guards in the league, Trae Young. However, there are a few reasons to be wary of betting on the Hawks on the road.
Let’s start with De’Andre Hunter and Onyeka Okongwu, who are both listed as questionable for Wednesday. Hunter is the more significant issue here as a vital piece of the Hawks’ defensive strategy. He had a bout with asthma before losing to Chicago in their previous game, and he’s not yet been confirmed to be healthy.
The Hawks are also not a profitable team to bet on, with the third-worst against-the-spread (ATS) record in the NBA at 20-27-1. Meaning Atlanta covers less than 43% of the time.
Thunder Best ATS Team in the NBA
Despite their issues with overall wins and losses, the Oklahoma City Thunder remain the team to beat in terms of ATS victories. With a 30-16-1 ATS record, the Thunder have a return on investment (ROI) of 26.02%, and bettors are up 13.45 units.
What’s more, the Thunder show no signs of slowing down. OKC has had an absurd ROI of 71.49% in their previous 10 games, thanks to a 9-1 ATS record. The second-best team in that span, the Magic, was less than half as profitable.
In their previous five games, the Thunder’s ROI is above 90%, and they cover over 70% of the time as underdogs.
Frankly, there is rarely a reason to bet against the Thunder, especially at home as underdogs.
Hawks vs Thunder Game Injuries
Hawks vs Thunder Head-to-Head
This is the second game between the two this season, following a 121-114 victory for Oklahoma City in December as 6-point underdogs. Atlanta went 2-0 in the series last season and 1-1 ATS as 13-point favorites in each.
Hawks vs Thunder Game Information
- Game: Hawks (24-24) vs Thunder (23-24)
- Location: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Hawks vs Thunder Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Hawks vs Thunder Betting Lines
Hawks vs Thunder Picks & Prediction
Let’s not complicate things too much here. The Thunder are 8-1 ATS in their previous nine games, 8-6 straight up as home underdogs, and already beat the Hawks once as underdogs. Meanwhile, Atlanta is on an 0-2 ATS slide and covers less than 42% of the time on the road.
Take the Thunder on the spread, and if you’re feeling spicy, to win outright.
Atlanta Hawks are listed at -120 in our Vegas NBA lines. If you wager $100 on the Hawks, you can win $83. Oklahoma City Thunder are +100, offering a chance to win $100 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Hawks a 54.55% chance to win, with the Thunder at 50.00%.
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Hawks vs Thunder Game Summary
Thunder vs Hawks Previous Game (Dec. 05, 2022)
The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to cover spreads and have been a profitable bet, but the Atlanta Hawks look to stop that run on Monday.
The sportsbook has the Hawks favored to win after consecutive triumphs, but they haven’t been a profitable bet, so it makes for an intriguing NBA game.
The Thunder have been an excellent spread bet over the last few years and we’re not jumping off their backs after consecutive wins.
They have an excellent record against the Hawks, who have their injury problems, so this is the right time for the visitors to strike.
We like the Thunder to cover the spread and win outright.