It will be a tale of two teams going in opposite directions when the red-hot Atlanta Hawks visit the sliding Houston Rockets on Tuesday night at 8 pm ET. Atlanta has won five straight games while Houston has lost an astounding 16 straight.
Looking at the NBA odds for Hawks vs Rockets betting, Atlanta is 7½-point favorites, with an over/under set at 223½ points.
The Hawks have improved to 19-20, good for eighth in the East, with three straight wins since the All-Star Break and five straight games overall. The streak comes even with injuries to a few contributors in Clint Capela, Cam Reddish and Onyeka Okongwu. The shot-blocking Capela is day-to-day.
Atlanta’s most recent game was a 100-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. John Collins led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds, buoying an off-night for guard Trae Young, who finished with only 14 points. Danilo Gallinari got the start with Capela out, finishing with 20 points.
Atlanta’s identity thus far may be balance, with both offensive and defensive rankings in the middle of the pack in the league.
Young is leading the team in scoring this season, with 26.4 points with 43/38/87 shooting splits. The young playmaker also chips in 9.2 assists and nearly a steal a game.
Collins is second on the team in points (17.9) and rebounds (7.7). The team hopes to get Capela back soon, as the center averages 2.3 blocks per game and 14.3 rebounds.
Atlanta is 19-19-1 against the spread this season and 18-21 against overs.
Houston has solidly established itself as the worst team in the NBA, losing 16 straight games and currently sitting at 11-26 on the year. Leading scorer Christian Wood last played on Feb. 4, and point guard John Wall hasn’t suited up in two weeks.
Contributors Eric Gordon and Danuel House have also been out, helping to somewhat explain the massive losing streak. The Rockets’ most recent loss was at the hands of the Boston Celtics, 134-107.
Victor Oladipo, acquired mid-season from the Indiana Pacers, led the way with 26 points, six rebounds and four assists. Rookie second-round pick Kenyon Martin Jr. had the best game of his career, dropping 21 points off the bench on 6-of-10 shooting.
Of the players currently available to play, Oladipo is tops in points, with 20.5 per game. Kevin Porter Jr., another recent acquisition who was released by the Cleveland Cavaliers, is averaging 17 points per game in his three appearances as a Rocket.
When looking at the metrics for each unit, it’s the offense that is severely lacking, coming in as a consensus bottom-five ranking. The defense is closer to the league average.
Houston is a league-worst 12-25 against the spread this season and 14-22-1 against overs.
Hawks vs Rockets Betting Pick
Momentum is a very real thing in the NBA. Atlanta has all of it, while Houston couldn’t be further from it. The easy NBA pick here is the visiting Hawks making it six straight.
Keep an eye on the injury report in advance of this Tuesday night game. If Wood and Wall can slot back into the lineup sooner before later, maybe their presence inspires a roster of young players.
The under is another thing to keep an eye on. Houston’s offense is one of the least efficient in the entire NBA, and Atlanta plays at one of the slower paces in the league. Add in two moderately respectable defenses, and we may see fewer points than the set line.
When doing your NBA betting, the pick is Atlanta to cover the spread, and under 223½ points.