The Atlanta Hawks host Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA League on Friday at the State Farm Arena, with Hawks hoping to end this season on a high note and Blazers are looking forward for a sixth straight victory in the league.
Atlanta heads into this game with a 130-120 road win over New Orleans in their last contest on Tuesday night. Portland defeated Chicago 118-98 on the road Wednesday night in their last game. Both teams have already met this season, which ended in Blazers victory.
Atlanta made a good start taking a lead of 13 points in the first-half and increased to 21 during the third-quarter, but the team performance faltered allowing Pelicans to cut the lead to 6 points with 39.6 seconds left in the game. Then, Trae Young came back strong giving the Hawks an eight point advantage to get back into the lane. Trae Young lead the Hawks with 33 points and 12 assists while Dewayne Dedmon contributed 18 points and nine rebounds.
Blazers has dominated Bulls from start to finish, winning 118-98. Seth Curry led the Blazers with 20 points while Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic couldn’t play the game for Blazers due to left leg injury.
The Portland Trail Blazers are in exceptional form for the last few weeks, winning eight of their last nine games. The club enters into this game with five straight wins against Pacers, Mavericks, Pistons, Nets and Bulls. The Trail Blazers are placed third in the Western Conference table with a 47-27 record and are 3.5 games behind second-placed Nuggets.
The Hawks are playing some of their best basketball right now, winning three straight games against Jazz, Sixers and Pelicans. The club sits twelfth in the Eastern Conference table with a 27-48 record and are officially eliminated from the play-off contention. The Hawks enters this game with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games and a 15-22 mark at home.
Both teams is coming off with plenty of confidence after performing exceptionally well in recent weeks. Hawks are undoubtedly a dangerous side on their day, but the team appears too weak for the strong squad Blazers here. We expect Blazers will register a simple victory here.
Atlanta Hawks vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Odds, Preview and Prediction
Blazers to win @ 1.66 at Pinnacle Sports