Hawks vs. Blazers NBA expert prediction and odds for Wednesday, March 13 (Bet the UNDER)

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Atlanta Hawks-Portland Trail Blazers matchup in the NBA on Wednesday.

Mar 8, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Atlanta Hawks head coach Quin Snyder (left) talks with Atlanta
Mar 8, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Atlanta Hawks head coach Quin Snyder (left) talks with Atlanta / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are ravaged by injuries right now, as the team is already without Trae Young and just lost Saddiq Bey for the season due to a torn ACL. 

The team still has a 3.5-game cushion on the No. 10 seed in the East, but the team isn’t going to go too far in the postseason if it ends up in the No. 10 spot. 

Luckily, the Hawks have a chance to pick up a road win against the lowly Portland Trail Blazers, who are banged up themselves and have won just three of their last 10 matchups. Portland was blown out by the Boston Celtics on Monday night. 

Can the Hawks, who are the worst team in the NBA against the spread this season, cover on Wednesday?

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Here’s a look at the latest odds and my best bet for this matchup: 

Hawks vs. Blazers odds, spread and total

Hawks vs. Blazers how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, March 13
  • Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Moda Center
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports Southeast, Root Sports Northwest
  • Hawks record: 29-35
  • Blazers record: 18-46

Hawks vs. Blazers injury reports

Hawks injury report

  • Saddiq Bey – out
  • Trae Young – out
  • AJ Griffin – out
  • Kobe Bufkin – out
  • Mouhamed Gueye – out
  • Jalen Johnson – doubtful
  • Seth Lundy – out
  • Onyeka Okongwu – out

Blazers injury report

  • Ibou Badji – questionable
  • Malcom Brogdon – out
  • Jerami Grant – questionable
  • Shaedon Sharpe – out
  • Robert Williams III – out
  • Jabari Walker – out
  • Rayan Rupert – questionable
  • Justin Minaya - probable
  • Ashton Hagans – questionable

Hawks vs. Blazers key players to watch

Atlanta Hawks

De’Andre Hunter: With Bey out for the season, Hunter is going to need to step up for the Hawks down the stretch of this season. The former first-round pick is averaging 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from 3. 

Portland Trail Blazers

Anfernee Simons: One of the few healthy players for Portland, Simons has played well since the team returned from the All-Star break, averaging 22.0 points and 5.9 assists per game over his last 10 matchups. He should be able to score pretty easily against a Hawks team that is just 26th in the league in defensive rating this season. 

Hawks vs. Blazers prediction and pick

Atlanta’s against the spread struggles are well documented, as the team is just 22-42 ATS overall in the 2023-24 campaign. 

However, Portland hasn’t exactly been great as a home underdog, covering the spread just 12 times in 27 games. That puts us in a tricky spot in this one when attempting to bet on a side. 

Instead, I’m going to take a look at the total and bet the UNDER in this game.

In Portland’s 33 home games, the team has hit the UNDER 17 times, and the Hawks have hit the UNDER more often on the road (16-14) in the 2023-24 campaign. 

While these trends aren’t huge, these teams are missing several rotation plates on both sides, which means points aren’t going to be as easy to come by on Wednesday night. 

Plus, the Blazers have been one of the worst scoring teams in the league all season, ranking 28th in points per game at 108. 

Atlanta’s offense has been far from elite without Young, scoring 103 or fewer points in four of its last six games. Don’t be shocked if this turns into a rock fight between two injured teams. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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