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How To Bet On Suns Hawks – Hawks Try To Arrest Their Slide Against The Suns

Posted by Craig Parsons on 3/12/2013 7:58:24 PM

The Atlanta Hawks were once in third place in the Eastern Conference. They are now in seventh place and in danger of falling into eighth place. They face Phoenix this Friday.

Phoenix Suns @ Atlanta Hawks – Friday, March 15

Online sports betting line: No line

Why Phoenix Will Win

Even an online horse betting guru with relatively minimal knowledge of professional basketball would be able to tell you that Phoenix has a legitimate shot in this game, chiefly because the Hawks could be ripe for one of those flat games that jumps up on the NBA schedule every now and then.

The reality of life in the NBA is that bad nights can and do occur. This is the reality of a numbing 82-game schedule, especially in the middle of March, when teams pass the 65-game mark and hit the end of the regular season. Keep in mind that the truncated 2012 season was 66 games, so a lot of these athletes are beginning to hit a wall on a physical level, all while trying to tend to the mental aspect of being an elite professional basketball player.

Atlanta will have spent this week playing the Miami Heat on Tuesday and then the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Those are two high-profile games that require enormous investments of dedication and psychological capital. Atlanta might not be physically spent after having the day off on Thursday, March 14, but the Hawks could very easily be mentally dead in this game. When one then considers that Phoenix - despite being 20 games under .500 - has won four of its past 10 games (which is not that bad for a bad team), the Suns certainly seem to have a dog in this fight. Moreover, Phoenix has won at Chicago earlier this season on a night when the Bulls just didn't have their best stuff. A similar scenario could easily unfold here.

Why Atlanta Will Win

When a winning poker hand exists, you play that hand without regrets. Atlanta, for all of its difficulties on offense, is still in position to win this game with its defense. Phoenix just doesn't have the scoring punch it used to possess in the Steve Nash era. The Suns are not an imposing offensive team; they go through dry patches and give scuffling opponents enough time to regroup in the midst of competition.

The other thing to realize about this game is that Atlanta knows it has to pounce on winnable games such as this one. Miami and the Lakers are hard games to handle, so if Atlanta - currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference - wants to move back up in the standings, it knows it needs to be mentally ready for this kind of contest. Atlanta doesn't want to fall into eighth place, because that team gets the Heat in the first round. The Hawks should play with urgency here; there's a lot of value to be found in winning this game.

Who Will Win

This feels like a close game because of Atlanta's mental fatigue. However, the Suns don't score enough to punish superior teams on a consistent basis. Take the Hawks by two baskets.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Atlanta

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