NBA Betting Preview: Atlanta Hawks At OKC Thunder

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The Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder will meet up on this Sunday evening, November 4 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, with a schedule tip off at 7:00 PM EST. The Oddsmakers have listed the home team as a -9 1/2 point favorite, while posting an over/under total at 198 1/2. The Hawks kicked off their season with a 109-102 loss this past Friday night against the Houston Rockets. Tonight, they will be gunning for their first win of the season, but will have to do it against a quality home team in the OKC Thunder. Atlanta have covered 7 of their last 8 games played on the road, and 6 of their last 8 against teams in the Western Conference. They have gone over the posted total in 16 of their last 21 games overall, and 6 of their last 8 against the Northwest Division. The Thunder are 1-1 after two games in the early going, but are now a team without flamboyant sixth-man James Harden, who was traded to the Houston Rockets less than a week ago. The Thunder have to realize the show must go on and cannot get caught up in the emotional loss of Harden. OKC is a superb 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games played at home, and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games played on a Sunday. They have gone over the posted total in 3 of their last 5 games played at home, and 3 of their last 5 against the Eastern Conference. Prediction If you are looking to make a play on this contest, the -9 1/2 should not scare you if you want to lay the chalk with the Thunder. I expect Kevin Durant and company to easily win this one by double-digits. Follow us on Twitter @ bballbet PJ Laferla is a practicing freelance writer, professional handicapper, and the founder of SportsInput.com. If you are interested in hiring PJ Laferla for freelance writing or for winning picks against the spread, please submit all inquires to PJ@sportsinput.com.