Phoenix Suns vs. Atlanta Hawks – 11/14/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
When: Thursday, November 14, 9:00 PM. ET.
The Phoenix Suns will be trying to bounce back from their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers when they take on the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.
Hawks Going For Second Consecutive Win
The Hawks managed to snap their three-game losing streak with a win over the Denver Nuggets in their last game and will be trying to pick up their second win in a row and fourth consecutive win over the Suns when they play on Thursday.
Atlanta has struggled offensively, averaging 106.5 points per game. However, the team managed to put up 125 points against a good Denver defense and will need another big offensive performance against the Suns.
Trae Young was unstoppable against the Nuggets, scoring a season-high 42 points. He also added four rebounds and 11 assists in the win. Jabari Parker finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while Alex Len added 17 points and seven assists for the Hawks.
The Hawks have played well defensively for most of the season, holding opponents to 110.1 points per game. However, they have struggled in their last three games, giving up 122 points per game and will need to do a better job if they want to get the win on Thursday.
Suns Going For Fifth Win In Seven Games
The Suns are off to a strong start this season despite not having their second-leading scorer available since their season-opener. They are coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and will try to rebound from the loss with a win over the Hawks, which will give them their fifth win in their last seven games.
Phoenix has played well offensively, averaging 116.6 points per game, shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point range. They were held to 115 points by the Lakers but they should be able to score against the Hawks, who are giving up 110.1 points per game.
Ricky Rubio led the way for the Suns in their last game with 21 points, four rebounds, and 10 assists. Devin Booker finished with 21 points, three rebounds, and nine assists, while Aron Baynes added 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists.
Defensively, the Suns are giving up 110.4 points per game, which is 16th in the league. They gave up 123.5 points per game in their last two losses and have to play good defense consistently if they want to stay in the hunt for the Pacific Division title.
The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division, and are the only team in their division not based in California. The Suns play their home games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The franchise began play in 1968 as an expansion team, and their early years were shrouded in mediocrity, but their fortunes changed in the 1970s, where, after partnering long-term guard Dick Van Arsdale and center Alvan Adams with Paul Westphal, the Suns reached the 1976 NBA Finals, in what is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in NBA history. However, after failing to capture a championship, the Suns would rebuild around Walter Davis for a majority of the 1980s, until the acquisition of Kevin Johnson in 1988.
Under Johnson, and after trading for perennial NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, and combined with the output of Tom Chambers and Dan Majerle, the Suns reached the playoffs for a franchise-record thirteen consecutive appearances and remained a regular title contender throughout the 1990s, and reached the 1993 NBA Finals. However, the team would again fail to win a championship, and entered into another period of mediocrity until the early part of the 2000s.
In 2004, the Suns reacquired Steve Nash, and immediately returned into playoff contention. With Nash, Shawn Marion, and Amar’e Stoudemire, and under head coach Mike D’Antoni, the Suns became renowned worldwide for their quick, dynamic offense, which led them to tie a franchise record in wins in the 2004–05 season. Two more top two Conference placements followed, but the Suns again failed to attain an NBA championship, and were forced into another rebuild.
The Suns own the NBA’s seventh-best all-time winning percentage, and have the second highest winning percentage of any teams to have never won an NBA championship. 10 Hall of Famers have played for Phoenix, while two Suns—Barkley and Nash—have won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while playing for the team.