NBA Monday Preview
Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs
Monday, March 13, 8 p.m. (ET) TNT
NBA Pointspread: San Antonio -4
Total Line: 204
The Hawks bring a three-game straight-up winning streak into Monday night’s contest after hammering Memphis 107-90 on Saturday as 6.5-point road underdogs closing line. The total stayed UNDER 206 points in that win and it has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games. They are holding down the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings at 37-29 on the year. However, Atlanta has been a tough team to bet on lately with a 3-8 record against the spread in its last 11 outings in NBA picks.
Taurean Prince led the Hawks on Saturday with 17 points off the bench while Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder added 16 points each to the winning cause. Atlanta shot 50 percent from the field against the Grizzlies while also converting on half of its 30 three-point attempts. This team is ranked 20th in the NBA in scoring with 104.0 points per game and its 104.4 points-allowed average is 11th in the league.
In a possible preview of this season’s Western Conference Finals, San Antonio pasted Golden State 107-85 on Saturday night as an 11-point home favorite with much of the star power for both teams on the bench. The total stayed UNDER closing 197.5-point line and it has stayed UNDER in five of its last seven games. With just one SU loss in their last 11 games, the Spurs are now a game and a half out of the top spot in the West at 50-13 SU. They are 24-6 SU at home this season with an even 15-15 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight home games.
The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge against the Warriors and both players could also be out of the lineup against the Hawks. Tony Parker is also questionable with a bad back so San Antonio may once again have to turn to its reserves to pick up the win. Patty Mills filled the void on Saturday night with team-high 21 points and Davis Bertans added 13 points off the bench. Defense may have to once again carry the Spurs as the second-ranked unit in the league in points allowed (98.3).
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