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The tank wars continue here as the Atlanta Hawks travel to take on the Phoenix Suns. Neither side might actually want to win, but somebody will have to. The Hawks are 16-35, while the Suns sit at 10-42. The Hawks have actually been decent lately, going 4-6 over their last ten. The Suns have lost nine straight games, but despite that, oddsmakers have them as slight favorites here.
Hawks Coming On
The Hawks were never going to win much this year, and armed with an extra pick from their draft day trade, are surely targeting next year for relevance. On draft day, of course, the team traded down with the Mavericks so Dallas could take Luka Doncic, and the Hawks ended up with Trae Young.
Young has had an up and down rookie season, but he’s starting to come on strong. He struggled with his shooting percentages early on, but he’s been on fire over the last month. In January, he averaged 19 points and 7 assists per game while shooting a very respectable 44.4% from the floor. If Young can keep that up, the Hawks are going to win some games down the stretch. They’ve already put in some really good efforts during this road trip, and solidly beat the Clippers in LA a few nights ago.
The Hawks quietly have a pretty good young core with Young, John Collins, and Kevin Huerter, and they’ll be able to tread water the rest of the season I believe. Young has at least eight assists in five straight games, and while they won’t be making the playoffs they’re playing hard and with a lot of pride, unlike the Suns. Huerter, the team’s other first round pick this year, is a lethal three point shooter and looks like a steal late in the first. The Hawks have a broader depth of talent than Phoenix does, and they should be the ones who are slight favorites here.
Just when you think things can’t get any worse for the Suns, they always do. Without fail, the Suns always find a way to go deeper into the abyss. They’ve shown brief spurts of competence this season, but have now lost nine straight games.
The Suns are the clear favorite to have the worst record in the NBA as their never-ending rebuild continues. I do believe in new coach Igor Kokoskov and think he’ll one day get things turned around, but not anytime soon. The team just can’t catch any breaks, and is now dealing with a string of injuries. It looks like they’ll finally get DeAndre Ayton back for this one after an extended absence, but he should be limited and I don’t think he’ll make too much of a difference either way.
The team will also be without starting point guard De’Anthony Melton and starting forward T.J. Warren, leaving them really shorthanded. Warren is averaging 18 points per game and shooting nearly 43% from three, and his absence leaves a massive hole in this Suns offense. Devin Booker can’t do everything by himself, even though the Suns ask him to, and I don’t think Phoenix will be able to keep up here without Warren.
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games
- 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conferenc