Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks Pick
The Brooklyn Nets (34-33) and the Atlanta Hawks will lock horns (22-44) for an Eastern Conference clash. The tip-off scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and the match will be broadcast on both FSN and NBA TV. The Nets have been in control of this series as they have won the last four meetings between these two teams. Most recently, the Nets defeated the Hawks 116-100 when they hosted them in Brooklyn in January. The Nets closed as a nine-point favorite and as a result fostered their eighth cover in the last ten matches between both sides.
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Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks Overview
The Nets come into this contest on the heels of a two-game winning streak capped off most recently by a win on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the BK. Though the Nets were able to get a 113-107 victory over the visiting Cavs, they failed to cover as a 9.5-point favorite. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in their previous five outings.
On the flip-side, the Hawks enter into this match-up on a two-game losing streak. Atlanta last took the court on Wednesday as well where they were defeated 111-104 by the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Atlanta also failed to produce a cover here as well as they closed as a 5.5-point underdog.
Reasons To Back Brooklyn
The Nets own some significant advantages that they can take utilize here to win this game by more just one bucket. Firstly, the Nets get more mileage out of their bench compared to their counterparts. The Nets average 47.8 points per game from their bench while the Hawks average 42 points per contest from their bench. This 5.8-point differential could be enough for Brooklyn to cash in on a win and cover. However, the Nets also commit fewer turnovers which will give them more opportunities to take advantage of Atlanta's porous defense.
Reasons To Avoid Atlanta
The Hawks own the worst defense in the NBA as nobody gives up more points than them. Presently, Atlanta gives up 118.8 points per game which is 6.5 points per contest more on average compared to the Nets (112.3 points per match – 18th in the NBA). Given the fact that the Hawks and Nets are tied in three-point percentage (35.3% - 13th in the league) and field goal percentage (45.2% - 12th overall), should the Hawks have a cold shooting night their defense will not pick up the slack as well as Brooklyn’s. This could ultimately lead to a blow-out.
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Nets at Hawks Prediction 03/09/2019
Some may query the Nets potential to be upset here given the low-hanging fruit combined with a 14-17 SU away record, but I cannot see how. To keep it blunt, the Nets are the better team, and they will certainly show it in the ATL. Fortunately, all we have to do is lay just over a basket which is just fine considering the Nets could win this game easily by double-digit margins.