Klay Thompson Will Miss Hawks-Warriors Potential Finals Preview
The game of the week, probably the month if not the rest of the regular season, is Wednesday night in Oakland when the lock No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Golden State, hosts the lock No. 1 in the East, Atlanta. The Warriors will open as solid favorites on Sportsbook.ag as they are an NBA-best 30-2 at home.
Neither Full Strength
Both teams will be missing an All-Star sharpshooter who is one of the best in the NBA in 3-point shooting. For Atlanta it’s Kyle Korver, who is No. 1 in the league in hitting 50.1 percent from long range. He has a broken nose that likely will keep him out a few more games. Hawks solid backup forward Mike Scott also remains out with a broken toe.
We knew that Korver and Scott wouldn’t play, but it’s surprising that Golden State’s Klay Thompson won’t. He turned his ankle in Monday’s win over the Lakers, landing on the foot of L.A. center Tarik Black. Thompson said it was no big deal and it didn’t appear to be as he returned to the game after getting the ankle taped. However, on Tuesday it was announced that Thompson will miss a week to 10 days. Coach Steve Kerr said the injury revealed itself as more significant after the game.
“He came back and played and a lot of time the adrenaline just carries you through during a game and I think that’s probably what happened, but he didn’t re-injure it when he went back out,” he said. “It’s just a normal postgame swelling and it turned out to be a little more than expected.”
The Warriors have every reason to be cautious. They have 6 ½-game lead on Memphis for the Western Conference’s top spot and lead the Clippers by 11½ games atop the Pacific Division. The regular season ends April 15. As long as Thompson is out, the Warriors will sub his minutes for Justin Holiday, Leandro Barbosa and Harrison Barnes. Kerr said he’s leaning toward starting Holiday.
Hawks Go For Season Sweep
If one team can win in Oakland, it’s Atlanta. The Hawks are 23-10 record away from home this year, the best road mark in the NBA and tied for the most road wins in the league. The Hawks have set a new franchise record for road wins (previously 22 in 1986-87). The Hawks are 21-5 against Western Conference foes this season. Since Atlanta has been a member of the Eastern Conference (1970-71), the single season franchise record for wins against the West is 22 (1996-97 and 1978-79).
Atlanta won the first meeting at Philips Arena on 2/6 (124-116). Jeff Teague scored 23 points, and Al Horford (12 points/14 rebounds) recorded a double-double for Atlanta. Thompson scored 29 points, and Draymond Green (12 points/20 rebounds) posted a double-double for Golden State. Hawks have lost two consecutive road games against the Warriors, with the most recent victory in Oakland coming on 2/25/11 (95-79).
Key betting trends: Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific. Hawks are 22-5 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Hawks are 21-5-1 ATS in their last 27 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. Warriors are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Warriors are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win. Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. Warriors are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest.
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