Betting on the NBA isn’t always easy this time of year, not with the uncertainty that hangs over the playoff picture. For that reason, it’s difficult to know what to make of fringe contenders like the Portland Trail Blazers and the Atlanta Hawks. Teams who stand an excellent chance of qualifying for the postseason, but struggle once they’re there.
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With less than one month remaining in the regular season, the Hawks will play host to the Blazers, each hungry to collect as many victories as possible before seeds are clinched in their respective conferences.
For Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Portland, home court in the Western Conference remains within reach. For Paul Millsap and the short-handed Hawks, a simple ticket to the playoffs is priority No. 1.
With 40/1 odds of winning the NBA championship, the Blazers are the more intriguing matchup. The Hawks, at 500/1 odds, are an obvious longshot.
Still, while one may not rush out to bet on Atlanta to win a title anytime soon, that doesn’t mean they’re not still capable of being disruptive down the stretch. The Hawks are an interesting NBA betting option for individual games, both motivated and competent enough to compete with the toughest teams in basketball.
Will Portland be able to withstand the late-season test and prepare for what might come next?