Deandre Ayton is averaging 19.6 points across his last five games for the Phoenix Suns, who are 7-3 in their last 10 games heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Atlanta Hawks. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
- Atlanta continues their eight-game road trip against Phoenix on Tuesday, March 30th
- The Hawks are looking to bounce back from a blowout loss to the Nuggets, while the Suns beat the Hornets in OT
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The 31-14 Phoenix Suns welcome the Atlanta Hawks to the desert for a cross-conference matchup on Tuesday, March 30th, tip-off 10pm ET.
Phoenix is riding a high since the All-Star break, going 7-3 in their last 10 while currently enjoying a two-game winning streak. Atlanta was also on a lengthy unbeaten run, but they’ve dropped three of their last four games since last week.
This is the first meeting between the Suns and Hawks this season after their previous matchup in January was postponed. They split their season series last year.
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Hawks vs Suns Odds
|Team||Spread at FanDuel||Moneyline||Total Points|
|Atlanta Hawks||+6.5 (-110)||+220||N/A|
|Phoenix Suns||-6.5 (-110)||-270||N/A|
Odds as of March 29
Tough Test For Hawks
Atlanta is coming off a very disappointing 126-102 loss to Denver on Sunday and it won’t get any easier against a solid Phoenix Suns team.
The Hawks were looking to carry momentum from a huge win over the Warriors into the Mile High City, but it was the exact opposite. They were dominated on the boards by Nikola Jokic and co., while also scoring just 32 points in the paint to 50 for the Nuggets. Atlanta’s 47% clip from the field was nothing to write home about, either.
Trae Young dropped a team-high 21 points, but his seven turnovers proved costly. John Collins also struggled to get it going offensively with just 11 points after a career-high 38 just two nights prior. The Hawks trailed by as many as 33 on Monday, which was unlike a team that had come in winning nine of their last 11 games.
Under Nate McMillan, Atlanta has looked good. But lately, their road struggles have caught up with them, going just 12-14 away from State Farm Arena. As they currently sit just a game ahead of the Miami Heat for sixth place in the East with a 23-23 record, every single contest is crucial right now if the Hawks want to remain in a playoff spot.
Up next: We face the Suns in Phoenix on Tuesday. Tip is set for 10pm ET.
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— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) March 29, 2021
Tuesday’s matchup will be a tough test though, with the Suns playing tremendous basketball lately. Young and Collins will both have to bring their best offensively, while Atlanta’s defense, allowing just 106.9 points per game in their last 10 appearances, will need a bounce-back performance against a potent Phoenix offense.
Suns Flying High
There’s really no other way to put it, the Phoenix Suns are a brilliant team this season. Chris Paul’s winning presence has played a crucial part in their success, helping the Suns to one of the best records in the association.
CP3 is averaging 16 points and 8.5 assists per night, serving as Phoenix’s primary facilitator while allowing Devin Booker to thrive as a scorer. Book is putting up 25.6 points and 4.6 dimes a game, while Deandre Ayton has also been a physical presence on the glass.
THE HOT HAND 🔥🥵 pic.twitter.com/eJVMR5SiUd
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 28, 2021
Sunday’s overtime victory against the LaMelo Ball-less Hornets was by no means an easy one though, with Booker dropping 35 in a gritty win. Both teams were dreadful from three-point land, with the Suns shooting just 20% and only 35% from the field. For a top-five team in field goal shooting, it was a night to forget for Monty Williams’ squad.
Despite the shooting struggles from both sides, Phoenix was able to capitalize in one specific category: second-chance points, outscoring Charlotte 32-16. While it was a relatively sloppy game for the Suns with 14 turnovers, Williams’ team continued their dominance on the road, where they hold an NBA-best 16-6 record.
Watch out for Ayton to keep his hot streak going offensively on Tuesday, with the big man averaging 19.4 points across his last five contests.
Atlanta isn’t having much success ATS on the road this season, going just 12-13-1. Pair that with a terrific Phoenix team on home court, and this is going to be a really difficult one for the Hawks here.
I believe the Suns are going to come out firing on both ends and comfortably cover the spread. Also, there is going to be some value on the under. Atlanta will respond with a better defensive performance, while Phoenix, who has allowed 100 points or less in four of their last five games, will contain the likes of Young and Collins.
Pick: Phoenix Suns -6.5 (-110)
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Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He writes about European Football, Basketball, and Baseball for numerous sites across the globe.