Basketball betting fans are impressed with Atlanta’s improved defense under first year coach Larry Drew as the Hawks are an online basketball betting surprise so far in 2010-11.
The Atlanta Hawks will host the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night with a telecast on NBA TV set to start at 7 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this Eastern Conference matchup so be sure and open your account for all of the action.
Atlanta was 33-18 straight up and 24-27 with the NBA lines. The Hawks were just 9-15 against the spread at home and went under the total in 14 out of 24 home games.
Atlanta ranked a solid 9th in the NBA for scoring defense while the offense has been sluggish and ranked 21st for scoring in the league. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 16.3 points per game. Al Horford was the leading rebounder with 9.9 per game but his status has been questionable due to a back ailment.
Charlotte was 21-29 straight up and 24-24-2 with the NBA betting odds. The Bobcats were a decent value on the road as they paid out in 14 of 25 away games and were 12-13 under the total away from home.
Charlotte had a punchless offense that ranked 28th in the NBA for scoring while their defense was solid and ranked 11th in the league for points allowed. Stephen Jackson led Charlotte in scoring with 18.9 points per game.
This is the third meeting of the season between these two teams. Charlotte got the money in a 90-85 loss as 7 point dogs at Atlanta on December 17 as the game went under the total. On January 22 the Hawks paid out in a 103-87 blowout win at Charlotte as the game went over the total.
The Bobcats have paid out in 9 of their last 12 games against the Hawks as 6 of the last 8 meetings between these teams have gone over the total. Charlotte has gotten the money in 4 of their last 5 visits to Atlanta with 5 of the last 6 meetings between the teams in A-Town going under the basketball betting total.