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New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

Atlanta Hawks (12-11) at New York Knicks (6-16)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -.51 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Hawks head to New York on Saturday to square off against the Knicks.

The New York Knicks are sitting at just 6-16 this season, and at this point, the Knicks are one of the bottom feeders of the league.  The Knicks are also just 3-8 at home this year.  The Knicks play very strong defense, allowing 97.4 points per game this season, ranking eighth in the league in scoring defense on the year.  The Knicks are just 2-3 overall in their last five games, falling to the Celtics in their last outing on Friday, 90-86 in Boston.

New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

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The Atlanta Hawks started off the season red hot, but have since come back down to earth a bit.  The Hawks are 12-11 on the year, and are 4-7 overall on the road this year.  Atlanta is a very well balanced team, allowing 99.1 points per game this season, while scoring an average of 99.3 on the year.  The Hawks do a nice job of moving the ball around the court this year and rank second in the league in assists per game at 24.5.  Atlanta has won three out of their last five games heading into Saturday, winning their last outing on Friday against the Wizards, 101-99 in overtime.

The Hawks have gone under the total in six of their last six games when facing a team with a losing record and are also 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a losing record. 

The Knicks are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games on a Saturday and  just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.  The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the Knicks and the Hawks, and the Knicks are 7-3 against the spread in the last ten meetings between these two teams.

I’ve got to take the Hawks here.  The Knicks are struggling with consistency this year, and Atlanta seems to always play well in New York.  I expect this line to climb before tip-off, so if you are going to jump on the Hawks, I’d do it soon.

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Atlanta -1.5

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