Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Monday January 19, 2015. At 2:30 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.
The (16-25) Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference Central Division makes the trip from the Motor City to the Peach State. Detroit will play the (33-8) red-hot Atlanta Hawks of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This Sports Handicapper believes the Detroit Pistons have come together as a team and will be a force in the East. The Atlanta Hawks are proving experts wrong; they are for real. The betting line has Atlanta as an eight-point home favorite Against The Spread, and the total is 204 for Monday’s game.
The 2015 Detroit Pistons have won four of five straight up, their latest a 107-89 home defeat of the Philadelphia 76ers. Starting Forward Kyle Singler poured in a team-high twenty points in the victory on January 17th, five others scored in double figures. Head Coach Stan Van Gundy has this team believing in team concept after the departure of disgruntled Josh Smith. Point Guard Brandon Jennings averages a little over fifteen points per contest on average; Jennings also is the team leader in assists. Andre Drummond dominates in the post and is the team leader in rebounds and block shots. Detroit is 7-0 Against The Point Spread their last seven away from the Palace. Detroit is 2-5 Against The Spread the last seven meetings between the teams. The Detroit Pistons are 7-3 their last ten NBA Expert ATS Predictions going over the betting odds total four times and staying under six. Detroit has turned the corner and will be competitive here on out. The Pistons are 4-0 ATS their last four road games against a team with a winning home record. The key to a Detroit win is to listen to their coach and focus on defense. Drummond and Greg Monroe must continue their dominant playdown low at both ends of the court.
The 2015 Atlanta Hawks is the hottest team in all of basketball. The Hawks won at Toronto and on the road to Chicago on consecutive nights. Atlanta broke the century mark in both, scoring 110 north of the border and 107 in the Windy City. A balance of offense and defense is how the team is getting it done. Point Guard Jeff Teague is emerging as one of the premier players at the position. Backup point guards Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack are nursing minor injuries; Mack is doubtful Monday while Schroder is probable. Atlanta is 22-5 Against The Point Spread their last 27 following a straight up win. The Atlanta Hawks have been very friendly to Point Spread bettors, 10-0 ATS, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under six. The Hawks are a great play as an ATS underdog, how are they going to fare as a betting odds favorite as Las Vegas expert adjust their lines. The key to an Atlanta win is to stay focus and not believe their hype.
Free Pick: Detroit+6.