Atlanta Hawks vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Betting Picks and Prediction for Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Atlanta Hawks vs. Golden State Warriors – As NBA season opens its doors, Atlanta Hawks take on the Golden State Warriors in an intriguing midweek clash that is garnering considerable attention among basketball expert picks. With 18-24 on their record and 18-22 at home, both teams hope to capitalize on home court advantage as Dejounte Murray for Atlanta and Stephen Curry for Golden will play key roles in determining their respective games’ outcomes.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Golden State Warriors

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 10:00 PM ET

Location: Chase Center


Atlanta Hawks vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds


Atlanta Hawks Analysis

The Hawks have fielded one of the NBA’s top offenses this season, ranking 12th by scoring 120 points per game. They’ve done so efficiently, making 46.4% of their shots which is good for 8th. Shooting has been a strength, with Atlanta hitting on 36.1% of threes (14th) and 81.2% of free throws (9th). Guards Dejounte Murray and Trae Young have led the attack, combining to average over 40 points.

However, defense has been more of a struggle at times. The Hawks allow 114.7 points per game, which ranks 21st. In particular, interior defense and rebounding have plagued Atlanta. They secure just 44.7 boards per contest – 3rd worst in the league. Opponents grab 13 offensive rebounds per game too. Rim protection is also lacking, with the Hawks swatting just 4.5 shots per outing. The defensive struggles have led to a sub .500 record despite the efficient offense.

Dejounte Murray‘s acquisition has proven wise for Atlanta, with the versatile guard averaging 21.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.4 steals. He stuffs the stat sheet thanks to quality shooting splits of 46/35/83. Murray’s playmaking, transition scoring and defensive activity will be integral if the Hawks hope to corral Stephen Curry and the Warriors offense.

Golden State Warriors Analysis

Despite an underwhelming 18-22 record, scoring points has not been the issue for the Warriors this season. In fact, Golden State owns the NBA’s 2nd best offense at 117.2 points per 100 possessions. Efficiency has drove the attack, with the team netting 46.5% of shots (7th) and 36.9% of threes (9th). Stephen Curry leads six double-digit scorers and opens up the floor for others.

While known for their defense in past championship seasons, Golden State has regressed some on that end. They allow the 8th fewest points at 110.9 per game, largely thanks to their switching scheme. However, deficiencies have emerged in cleaning the glass and interior play. Golden State pulls down the NBA’s 9th fewest rebounds at 46.1 per game. And they block just 3.7 shots, ahead of only a few lottery teams. Improved rebounding and paint protection would bolster their middling defense.

Stephen Curry continues putting up MVP-caliber numbers in his 13th season, averaging 26.7 points with nearly 50/40/90 shooting splits. His fluid perimeter scoring pacing Golden State’s top tier offense. Curry’s marking and off ball movement also create open looks for teammates. His offensive wizardry gives the inconsistent Warriors a chance every night. Slowing his dynamic scoring skills presents a challenge for Atlanta.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Golden State Warriors Against the Spread

The Atlanta Hawks have been average against the spread with a 20-22 record. But they have struggled on the road, covering just 7 of 15 games. The Warriors meanwhile sport a 18-22 ATS record. But they’ve been better at home covering 14 of 22 matchups.

Golden State Warriors games have seen lots of scoring. The over has hit in 14 of their last 22 home matchups. Hawks’ games have gone under recently but their defense could lead to a shootout.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Golden State Warriors Free Pick

Based on trends, team stats, and key players, here are the picks:

Moneyline: Golden State Warriors. The Warriors’ home advantage and Stephen Curry’s leadership make them the safer bet.

Spread: Atlanta Hawks. Despite the Warriors’ favoritism, the Hawks’ offensive prowess could keep the game close.

Total: Over. Even though the Warriors tend to favor offense over defense, their offensive capabilities could keep this contest close.

Predicted Score: Golden State Warriors 115, Atlanta Hawks 110

While the Warriors seem likely to prevail at Chase Center, Hawks’ aggressive offense could make spread betting more alluring. Given both teams’ offensive capabilities, Canadian sports betting enthusiasts may prefer total points bet as the most reliable bet type. As always, bettors should consider current odds and team news before placing their bets.