In sports betting, trends are always fun to keep track of. Teams go on runs against the spread all of the time. Underdogs, favorites, overs, or unders — when a trend is hot everybody loves to jump on it. However, there is one active trend in the NBA that I have never seen before and may never see ever again.

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The Bet: Miami Heat (-2)

The Atlanta Hawks lost 39 games in the regular season and currently find themselves in an 0-2 hole against the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. There is one thing that all 41 losses have in common – the Hawks did  not cover in any of them.

That’s right, the Hawks are 0-41 ATS in losses on the year. So, if you have a hunch that Atlanta is in for a loss, forget the moneyline and bet Atlanta’s opponent to cover.

It doesn’t stop there either. The Hawks have yet to meet the sportsbooks’ expectations as an underdog. In the 22 games Atlanta has played the underdog role, the Hawks are an unfathomable 0-22 ATS. That does not bode well for the Hawks who are currently listed as two-point underdogs, per BetMGM.

Game 3 against the Heat tips off tonight at 6 p.m. CT. Miami was one of the best teams against the number during the regular season covering at a 56.8% clip, good for fifth in the NBA.

The Heat hang their hat on perimeter defense, which ranked first in the league as they held opponents to just 33.8% from the three-point line. Trae Young and the Hawks have relied heavily on the three-point shot this season coming into tonight’s game shooting 37.3% from deep, ranking second in the NBA only trailing the Heat.

Young has struggled from beyond the arc against Miami’s defense this season. In the four regular season games between the two, Young went just 11-35 (31%) from three. Young’s frustrations have only increased through the two playoff games as he has combined for just 2-17 (11%) in both losses.

Atlanta is a scrappy team and is capable of heating up in a hurry. However, Miami’s biggest strength defensively counteracts the Hawks’ offensive identity. With Game 3 set in Atlanta, expect the Hawks to come out swinging, but these numbers are impossible to ignore.

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