Hawks at Nets - 4/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (62-22) at Brooklyn Nets (38-46)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TNT, SPSO, YES
The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets play game three of their series Saturday night at the Barclays Center.
The Atlanta Hawks lead the series 2-0 and can put this thing to bed with a win here. Kyle Korver is averaging 19 points and five rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 assists. Paul Millsap is grabbing seven rebounds and Dennis Schroder is dishing four assists. The Atlanta Hawks have not looked impressive at all in the first two games, but they’ll gladly take the victories. Still, the Hawks are averaging 11 threes made and 23 assists, a formula that makes it tough for an older Nets team to defend. When Al Horford is your fifth-leading scorer, you’re doing something right on the offensive end. Eight of the Hawks last 10 losses have come on the road.
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The Brooklyn Nets need to win this game if they’re going to make this a series. Brook Lopez is averaging 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while Joe Johnson is averaging 18 points and 4.5 assists. Jarrett Jack is dishing 2.5 assists and Thaddeus Young is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets have competed in the first two games but need to find that other scorer to help get them over the top. Where in the world is Deron Williams? Alan Anderson scored 13 points in game two and will need to provide a similar boost offensively. The Nets have talent, they just need to learn how to finish games. The Nets have won seven of their last 10 games on their home court.
The Hawks are 13-30 ATS in their last 43 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Nets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Brooklyn.
I like to back the home teams in game three that are down 0-2, as it's a must-win for them and you're going to get their best effort. Well, you have a veteran Nets team that could have easily won either of the first two games in Atlanta. So, taking the free bucket in Brooklyn is an easy bet. The Nets should win this game if they play with the same effort.