Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Tuesday April 6th, 2015. At 7:30 PM EST.
The (39-38) Phoenix Suns of the Western Conference Pacific Division makes the trip from “THE GRAND CANYON STATE” to “THE ATL”. Phoenix will play the (57-19) Atlanta Hawks of the Eastern Conference Southeast in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at Philips Arena in trendy downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This Sports Handicapper believes the Phoenix Suns have talent but will be in the 2015 NBA draft lottery. Atlanta should finish the regular season with the best record in the East. The opening betting line has Phoenix as a nine and a half-point road underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 204 for Tuesday’s game.
The 2015 Phoenix Suns have lost five of six straight up. Phoenix beat Utah at home on April 4th, ending a five-game skid. Phoenix is third in the Pacific, twenty-four games from the top spot. The Suns average 103.3 point per game scoring the basketball. The defense allows the opposition 103.4, which is twenty-fourth in the NBA. Guard Eric Bledsoe is the team’s leader in scoring, assists, and steals. Center Alex Len grabs a team-high 6.6 rebounds and is also the Suns leading shot blocker. Len is out indefinitely with a broken nose. Starting Point Guard Brandon Knight is questionable with a sore heel. Head Coach Jeff Hornacek likes the way his team is progressing and hopes to be around another season to reap the rewards. Phoenix is 5-1 Against The Point Spread their last six against Atlanta. The Phoenix Suns are 2-1 Against The Point Spread their last three 2015 NBA Betting Picks on the road, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total once. The key to a Suns win is to play aggressively on defense; they have plenty of firepower on offense. Bovada has the Phoenix Suns at 500/1 to win the 2015 NBA Western Conference title.
The 2015 Atlanta Hawks have won four of their last six both straight up and Against The Point Spread. Atlanta beat Brooklyn 131-99 their last game on April 4th. Atlanta has a thirteen game lead in the Southeast. The Hawks also lead Cleveland by seven games for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The only question for the Hawks staff is will they start resting players for the 2015 NBA Playoffs? Atlanta ranks 10th in the league on offense. The defense allows opponents 97.3 which is fourth in the East and seventh in the NBA. The Big three of Al Horford, Paul Milsap, and Point Guard Jeff Teague lead the team in all five major categories. Milsap is out Tuesday with a shoulder injury. Backup Point Guard Dennis Schroder is probable with a sore toe. The betting odds under the total are 5-2 between the teams in the “PEACH STATE”. The Atlanta Hawks are 5-5 Against The Spread their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total seven times and staying under the betting odds total three. The Atlanta Hawks are 13/5 to win the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Championship.