Nets vs. Hawks - 12/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (11-6) at Brooklyn Nets (8-9)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, YES
The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets play Friday at the Barclays Center.
The Atlanta Hawks have won four straight games and are clicking offensively. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 104.2 points on 48 percent shooting and are allowing 101.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jeff Teague leads Atlanta with 18 points and 7.2 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.7 points and 7.9 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game and Kyle Korver is 9-14 from beyond the arc in his last two games. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 52.2 percent from the field in their last five games and are 9-4 SU this season when topping 100 points. The only issue with the Hawks has been their defense that’s allowing teams to shoot 38.3 percent from three in their last five contests. Five of the Hawks six losses this season have come when they’ve allowing 100-plus points.
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The Brooklyn Nets are starting to show signs of life by winning three of their last four games. On the season, the Nets are averaging 98.6 points on 45 percent shooting and are allowing 99.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Deron Williams leads Brooklyn with 17.9 points and 6.5 assists while Joe Johnson is averaging 15.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Kevin Garnett is grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game and Mirza Teletovic is shooting 35.9 percent from deep. The Brooklyn Nets still have their scoring slumps at times but are holding teams to just 43.4 percent shooting in their last five games. Defense is key, as the Nets are 8-4 SU this season when allowing less than 100 points. Andrei Kirilenko remains questionable for this game with personal issues.
The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Are the Brooklyn Nets finally going to start playing like a playoff caliber team? You guys know I don't like this Hawks squad due to their inconsistent ways and defensive struggles. I'll take a shot here with the Nets and the small chalk at home.