Atlanta Hawks vs Phoenix Suns betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game at State Farm Arena. The Hawks are hoping to break out of a mini 2-game slump as they take on the Suns who they beat by 32 points just a week ago. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Atlanta thoroughly dominated the first meeting of the season between these two teams winning 132-100 in Phoenix. Trae Young had a dominant 20 points and 12 assists, while 4 other Hawks players scored 15 or more points in the win. The question is can they repeat that performance tonight? Since then Atlanta has gone 1-2 SU to cap off their 5-game road trip.
This will be their first home game in 2023, after such a long absence they might come out a bit flat here. History is on their side though as they’ve beaten the Suns in 8 straight games at home, plus against Pacific Division teams they are 9-4 SU in the last 13 played. The health situation is far better as well, the Hawks don’t have anyone on their injury report at the moment.
The Suns made headlines last night by trading for Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant. Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder and 4 picks head to the Nets, which is a lot of talent, but in exchange Phoenix gets a top 15 player all-time. KD is currently out and dealing with a knee injury so we might not get to see him play for his new team until after the All-Star break.
Until then, Phoenix could struggle a bit as they’ve given away 2 very important rotation players. For tonight’s game they’ll also be without Devin Booker who will sit this one out because of injury maintenance. The Suns have covered in 8 of 11 games, plus they have 5 wins in 6 outings. However, against the Hawks in the last 10 meetings they’ve got just 3 wins which is really surprising.
It’s never easy betting on a team that just traded away half their team. CP3 really struggled against Young the last time they met, I think that could happen again tonight. Back the Hawks to cover in front of their home fans.
Atlanta Hawks vs Phoenix Suns Predictions & Odds
Mikal Bridges normally makes up for the absence of star players in Phoenix, but with him gone now and Booker scheduled to miss this game, the Suns could really struggle with scoring the ball here. Atlanta is well equipped to neutralize Deandre Ayton on the inside with Clint Capela, while CP3 is at an advanced age right now and they just cannot rely on him consistently to carry the offense.
The only reason why the total went over in the last meeting was because Atlanta scored 132 points, after seeing them score just 115, 108 and 107 points in the 3 games since I’m not sure they can repeat that output here. I still have the Hawks winning, but it will be a lower scoring game, somewhere in the mid 220s. Go with the under in this one.