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Hawks vs. Nets - NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (18-26) at Atlanta Hawks (37-8)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -13.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, TSOH, ESPN

The Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks square off Wednesday night at the Philips Arena.

The Brooklyn Nets have lost four of their last six games and continue to drop in the standings. On the season, the Nets are averaging 95 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 98.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Joe Johnson is averaging 15.5 points and 3.7 assists while Brook Lopez is averaging 14.6 points and six rebounds. Jarrett Jack is dishing 4.5 assists and Mason Plumlee is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets continue to struggle on the offensive end without Deron Williams, as they’re shooting just 42.5 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from three in their last five games. The Nets have lost 10 straight games when scoring less than 100 points. The Nets have to get something going if they’re going to sniff the playoffs.

Hawks vs. Nets -  NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks continue to run away with the East as they’ve now won 16 straight games. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting and are allowing 96.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 17.1 points and 7.5 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 17 points and 7.9 rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 51.6 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks offense continues to put up impressive numbers, but it’s the defense that’s allowing 42.7 percent shooting from the field and 30.5 percent shooting from deep in their last five games that’s made the difference. The Hawks have won 26 straight games when allowing less than 100 points.

The Nets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-27 ATS in their last 36 games playing on 2 days rest. The Nets are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta.

The rule has been quite simple for the last couple of weeks: Keep backing the Hawks until they give you a reason not to. That doesn't change against a Nets squad that's been brutal, especially with Williams sidelined. 

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Atlanta Hawks -13.5

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