Looking for a turn around in form for the 2nd winners of NBA in 2015.
ATL Hawks -2 to beat DET Pistons @ 1.78 (Pinnacle) – 2.5 points
The Atlanta Hawks are on fire with a 6 game winning streak taking on a surprising turned around Detroit Pistons who are now on a 7 game winning streak themselves; which lets up for an interesting matchup tonight.
The Atlanta Hawks are 27-8 this campaign leading the Eastern Conference and looking to this game to get a franchise record 8th straight away victory tonight. The Hawks have had some great production from Millsap, Horford, Teague and Korver who have had superb year thus far and with all their starters averaging double digits; its no wonder they are winning the East. Jeff Teague has been extremely vital scoring around 25 points per game in their away run over the past 2 months, and his continued success will help this team progress to more wins. This Atlanta team is good from all angles, defense, offensive production, 3 point shooting and playing together as a team for success. Why you also
The Pistons after shipping out Smith and still keeping his salary on board, have managed to build some good team chemistry that has resulted in this good winning streak. Another reason is that they have established a strong front court duo with Monroe back in the starting lineup along with Drummond to give them one of the best rebounding duos in the league averaging around 31 rebounds per game between the 2 of them. The problem is the strong offensive production of the Hawks that the Pistons haven’t faced in their recent run except for a strong Mavericks scoring team.
I would like to back this Atlanta team is that in their recent run of 6 winning games, they have beaten some strong sides like Memphis, LA Clippers, Portland and Cleveland; and Detroit comparatively shouldn’t pose so much of a challenge for them.
GS Warriors Over 109.5 points v CLE Cavaliers @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
The Golden State Warriors are 15-1 at home & 28-5 on the season; and while their defense has definitely been the stand out feature of their teams’ success this season, they continue to rack up a lot of points against all oppositions.
The Warriors are averaging over 109 points per game over the course of the season, which is the highest in the NBA. They have now had 5 straight games with 110 points+ including against good defensive teams like Oklahoma, Indiana, Toronto and also including some poorer teams like Minnesota and Philadelphia in this run. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have been the particular scorers for the Warriors averaging 45 points between the 2 of them; and when you watch the games, they come at a very easy pace. Additionally, they have had some great contributions from a number of players including Speights, Barnes, Green, Iguadola, Lee and now the returning Andrew Bogut.
The Cavaliers on the other hand have been struggling especially since LeBron James has been out. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games; while losing by an average margin of 10 points. James will still be another week before he is ready; but the team made some trades in the meanwhile to improve themselves. Shumpert who was brought in a defensive specialist, is out injured for a few more weeks, while JR Smith scored 0 in his debut for the Cavaliers and doesn’t know to play good defense these days.
The Warriors have been strong at home averaging 114 points per game and beating every opponent in their building, and I expect their strong run to continue with another victory for the Warriors while scoring over 110 points.
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