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 Friday January 23, 2015. At 7:30 PM EST.
The (22-20) Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference Northwest Division makes the trip from the Sooner State to the “ATL”. Oklahoma City will play the red hot (35-8) 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 Oklahoma City will compete for the Western Conference title despite early season injuries. The Atlanta Hawks are the talk of the NBA, and they must keep their focus. The betting line has the Atlanta Hawks as a four-point home favorite Against The Spread, and the total is at 206′ for Friday Night’s game.
The 2015 Oklahoma City Thunder are on a four-game winning streak, three of the four on the road. The latest a 105-103 road win at Washington on January 21st. Oklahoma City travels to Cleveland after Friday’s game in the Peach State before heading home to face Minnesota on the 26th. The Thunder is in second place in the Northwest, eight and one-half games behind first place Portland. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant leads Oklahoma City in scoring with twenty-six points per contest. Guard Russell Westbrook is the team leader in assists and steals. Oklahoma City is 10-1 Against The Points Spread their last eleven in Atlanta. The Thunder is also 20-8 ATS the last twenty-eight between the teams. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 3-3 on NBA Picks their last six on the road, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under four times. Oklahoma City recently acquired talented Dion Waiters from Cleveland, and he will provide flexibility at the Shooting Guard position. The key to a Thunder win is to get up and down the court at a fast pace, that’s how they have won lately. Backup point guard Reggie Jackson has to block out rumor trades and play his game.
The 2015 Atlanta Hawks are playing unreal basketball. Atlanta beat Indiana 110-91 on January 21st. The Hawks offense put up 103 points per game while allowing opponents a little over ninety-six. The Hawks are on top in the Southeast, six games in front of Washington. The Hawks get Oklahoma City, Minnesota and Brooklyn at home their next three games. Point Guard Jeff Teague is coming into his won and leads the team in scoring, assists, and steals. The betting odds under the total is 7-1 Atlanta last eight on Friday’s. The betting odds under the total is also 5-1 the last six between the teams in Atlanta. The Atlanta Hawks are a covering machine; 10-0 Against The Number their last ten, going over the betting odds total four times, staying under the betting odds total six times. The Hawks backup point guard Shelvin Mack is questionable with a minor Calf-Injury. The key to a Hawks win is to feed the post with Al Horford and Paul Milsap, both look like All-Stars. Teague and backup Dennis Schroder will have to play tight defense on Westbrook.
Free Pick: Oklahoma City+4.