When you look at these two squads you see a lot of differences on the paper side but on the court they both do a lot of things the same. Much of the success for these two clubs comes with their ability to pass the ball to set up scoring opportunities. The Warriors enter the contest leading the NBA in assists per game at 27.3 while the Hawks sit in second with 25.9 assists per game.
This success starts with both Stephen Curry and Jeff Teague at the point guard positions. Curry is an NBA All-Star who has the ability to not only to shoot the three ball but sits fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.1 per game. Teague on the other hand might not have the big name or the expectations that follow Curry but only trails him by .6 of an assist per game.
The question that could help swing the money to one team or the other is which team will be the favorite? We would believe the Hawks would get the nod at home where they have played to a 24-3 record versus a Warrior team that is 16-6 on the road. The Hawks have also played extremely well at home of late winning their last 11 home games with their last loss coming back on December 26th. The Warriors are just 3-2 in their last five road games with losses at Utah and Oklahoma City.
Along with their success on the court, each of these teams has produced against the spread this season. The Warriors are 5-2-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 7-3 overall against the spread on games on Friday. The downside has been the Warriors success on the raod against teams with a home winning record going 1-4 in their last five contests.
The Hawks on the other hand have played exceptional on Friday Nights going 20-8 against the spread. Along with their success on Friday Night the Hawks are 8-3 in their last 11 home games against the spread as well. When you look at their success against each other the nod goes to the Warriors who are 4-1 against the spread the last five times these two clubs have met.
Here are two other games to consider wagering on.
Miami Heat @ San Antonio Spurs: A rematch of last year’s NBA Finals has Chris Bosh leading the Heat into San Antonio to take on Tim Duncan and the Spurs. The one trend that stands out for us is the Heats success in San Antonio going just 1-4 against the spread.
New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder: These two clubs sit in the 9th and 10th spots in the NBA while needing wins to stay alive in the Western Conference. Despite being on the road the Pelicans could be the favorite based on whether or not Kevin Durant is expected to play. That could play to the Thunders advantage as the underdog has covered the spread the last four times these two clubs have met.