Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (38-45) at Atlanta Hawks (61-22)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks hope to have Al Horford when they take on the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2.
The Atlanta Hawks took Game 1 of the series by 99-92 thanks to the usual suspects. Kyle Korver doesn't usually lead the team in scoring, but he got hot from beyond the arc and made five threes en route to a team-high 21 points while Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll added 17 points apiece as the Hawks led by double digits early on before holding off a late rally from the Nets. Paul Millsap played 33 minutes but had a quiet game of just six points on two of 11 shooting but the real worry was when Al Horford left the game after clutching his hand, but it turns out that he just dislocated his pinky finger which means that he would only miss Game 2 if he misses any time at all.
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Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets showed plenty of fight in Game 1 but never really looked like stealing the game despite having five players in double figures. Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson led the team with 17 points each, Thaddeus Young added 15 points and Deron Williams had 13 as the Nets fought back from a big deficit only to fall short. It really wasn't such a bad performance from the Nets but they had trouble finding their big man in Lopez which was a shame because he still led the team in scoring while shooting just six of seven from the field. You can bet that the Nets will go to Lopez in Game 2 early and often, especially if the Hawks' Horford sits out.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last four Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, while the Hawks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following a win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the Nets are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Atlanta and the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
Whether Horford plays or not, the Nets should be able to put up a better fight and make this a real contest because you really don't want to go down 2-0 to start a series. I still like the Hawks to win at home, but I'm taking the Nets with the points here.