10:10 pm
November 6

Hawks @ Suns

Who will WIN this matchup?

Atlanta Hawks (4-5)

@ Phoenix Suns (4-3)


Current odds:

Atlanta Hawks: (+145)

Phoenix Suns: (-165)


The line for this game is Suns by 4 points.

  Deandre Ayton (leg) ruled out Saturday.

The Atlanta Hawks begin a four-game road swing Saturday night in Phoenix against the reigning Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns. Atlanta enters the trip west in an early-season slump, having lost four of its last five. The Hawks dropped a 116-98 decision Thursday at home to Utah, when they shot just 7-for-28 from 3-point range and were hammered on the boards, 47-32.

Atlanta is allowing 115.6 points per game in its five losses while scoring 101.2 points. In four wins, the Hawks are scoring 113.8 points and allowing 100.3.

Some of Atlanta’s offensive inconsistency early in the 2021-22 season is owed to All-Star guard Trae Young’s shooting slump. Young is hitting just 25.5 percent of his 3-point attempts, down from 34.3 percent a season ago, and his scoring average through nine games is down nearly three points from his 25.3-point average of last season. Young was central to Atlanta’s run to last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 28.8 points and 9.5 assists in the playoffs.

Young and the Hawks will aim to recapture their postseason intensity from the most surprising run in the East when they meet last season’s most surprising team from the West. After having been shut out of the Playoffs since 2010, Phoenix tore through the Western Conference en route to the franchise’s first Finals appearance since 1993.

The Suns opened this season with a possible playoff hangover, starting 1-3. But they enter Saturday’s contest on a three-game winning streak, most recently scoring a season-high in their 123-111 defeat of Houston on Thursday.

Devin Booker shot 4-of-8 from 3-point range en route to 27 points in the win, Deandre Ayton continued the pace of his early-season double-double average with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Landry Shamet scored 19 points off the bench.

Following the Saturday night game, the Hawks visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, are at Utah at Tuesday, and then play the Nuggets in Denver on Friday before returning home.

StreakSmarter Pick
Phoenix Suns