Trail Blazers vs Hawks NBA Odds, Picks and Predictions May 3

Updated: May 3, 2021

Trae Young is rounding back into health for the Hawks, who despite other injuries are still a great ATS home team and slight favorites against the Blazers tonight.

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A little getaway can work wonders. That’s the case for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have blown through the first four games of their current six-game road trip heading into stop No. 5 to play the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

The Blazers were mired in a five-game slump before this away stretch and have now played themselves into contention for fifth place in the West while trying to avoid sliding into the play-in tournament. Portland is a slight NBA betting underdog in Atlanta.

Here are our free NBA picks and predictions for Trail Blazers vs. Hawks on May 3.

Trail Blazers vs Hawks odds

Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.

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Atlanta opened as a 1.5-point home favorite and has stayed steady at that spread with some slight movement to the vig. The total hit the board at 235.5 and has come down to 234.5 points, with early play on the Under. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Trail Blazers at Hawks betting preview


Trail Blazers: Zach Collins C (Out).
Hawks: Bogdan Bogdanovic G (Probable), Tony Snell F (Questionable), De’Andre Hunter F (Out), Cam Reddish F (Out).
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Betting trend to know

Hawks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games as home favorites. Find more NBA betting trends for Trail Blazers vs. Hawks.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

Portland is playing the second game of a back-to-back, having worn down Boston in the final two quarters for a 129-119 victory Sunday. The Trail Blazers’ offense has been scorching hot during this road trip, averaging 130 points and shooting 49.7 percent from the field, including a 47 percent success rate from beyond the arc.

That’s a stark contrast to the Hawks’ output in their last four contests. Atlanta has sputtered for an average of only 95.3 points while shooting just over 41 percent from the floor. Granted, injuries had their lineup playing musical chairs most nights and three of those games came on the road (two against Philadelphia’s stingy defense).

Atlanta is a much tougher test at home, where it has won five in a row (5-0 ATS). The Hawks defeated Chicago 108-97 as 8.5-point chalk Saturday and own an average margin of victory of 6.1 points inside State Farm Arena this month. On the season, ATL has been ATS gold at home, boasting a 19-11 mark against the spread as a host (63 percent)

While they’re still without some key members of their frontcourt, the Hawks are about as healthy as they’ve been all month heading into Monday. Star scorer Trae Young is rounding back into his thrilling form after playing on a bum ankle and backcourt mate Bogdan Bogdanovic is probable versus Portland, working his way back from a tender hamstring. 

The homecourt edge and the Blazers’ shaky defense playing on zero rest will help Atlanta rekindle its scoring touch and cover this short spread Monday.

PREDICTION: Atlanta -1.5 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

Young versus Damian Lillard is the closest we’re going to get to real-life NBA Jam. With the way these scorers are playing, the only thing missing is CGI flames billowing from their shots.

Young has scored a collective 65 points in his past two efforts, shooting 19 for 35 from the field with a 6-for-14 mark from 3-point range. Those efforts set the bar high for Lillard, who is notorious for stepping up to a challenge. He scored 36 points versus the Hawks when they last met back in mid-January: a 112-106 home win for Portland.

Lillard wasn’t as explosive in the first two games of this road trip, getting great scoring support from his teammates, but has posted a combined 58 points in the past two outings, knocking down 20 of 40 from the floor, including an 11-for-22 stretch from distance.

The Blazers are playing at a much quicker pace during this road swing, upping the tempo from a pace rating of 99.0 on the season to 103.13 the past four contests. That’s pushed three of the last four games Over the total. 

With Portland turning this game into a shootout and Atlanta capable of countering on offense, with seven active players averaging double-figures, this will be an enjoyable Over for NBA bettors.

PREDICTION: Over 235.5 (-110)

First quarter prop pick

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Trail Blazers vs Hawks betting card

  • Atlanta -1.5 (-110)
  • Over 235.5 (-110)

Picks made on 5/3/2021 at 9:00 a.m. ET

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