‘Suspicious package’ outside State Farm Arena delays playoff game between Hawks and Heat

The Miami Heat take their 2-0 series lead over the Atlanta Hawks to State Farm Arena, where the two teams will battle on the home court of the Atlanta Hawks.

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However, tonight’s Game 3 has been delayed.

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According to multiple reports, a “suspicious package” was discovered outside of the venue near the status of franchise legend Dominque Wilkins. Atlanta Police Department bomb squad dogs have been called to investigate, along with SWAT teams.

NBA Betting Guide for Friday 4/22/22: Can the Hawks Turn it Around at Home?

The Bulls and Pelicans have pulled off outright upsets as double-digit underdogs this week. With two more home underdogs and a heavy spread in Utah, will the theme of upsets keep rolling?

Betting on the NBA can be tricky, but you can rely on numberFire to help. We have a detailed betting algorithm that projects out games to see how often certain betting lines hit. You can also track spread bet percentages at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Where do our algorithm, our power rankings, and the betting trends identify value in tonight’s games? All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook, and all ratings are out of five stars.

Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks

Hawks +1.5 (-110) – 2 Stars

The Hawks should be great betting value in both of these games in Atlanta — provided they don’t pull off a dominant win tonight.

Atlanta was actually the eighth-best home team in terms of net rating (+5.0) in their own building this season. We saw that in a dominant 29-point win over Charlotte during the play-in tournament.

When you’ve got a great shooter like Trae Young, he’ll typically perform better at home. He shot 48.0% from the field at home versus 44.1% on the road. That’ll be a nice boon off Young’s shockingly-poor 11-for-32 (34.3%) effort in the first two games of this series.

Unsurprisingly, 79% of the moneyline bets in this one are on Miami after two dominant showings at home. Fading the public with Atlanta in this spot is likely the sharp wager with a line that was even startling to my cynical and contrarian eyes.

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