503 ATLANTA HAWKS +7.5 vs 504 OKL

Analysis: Both teams are off to similar starts 6 weeks into the season and have similar profiles and records. These teams did meet just a week and a half ago in Atlanta on November 30 with Atlanta winning 106-100 as 3 point home underdogs. Those who handicap using line comparisons will ask "if OKC was favored by 3 points in Altanta (bet up from minus 1 1/2) why are they favored by just 7 1/2 on their home court just a short time later, even considering personnel factors? I expect Atlanta to use a defensive oriented approach to keep this game close entering the final 5 minutes of the fourth quarter. It also means using a deliberate style on offense that could frustrate the OKC offense which prefers more uptempo. While I do expect OKC to get the straight up win I do look for the game to be decided by no more than a couple of buckets, making the generous points worth taking. 

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