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Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks - 12/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Knicks (14-16) at Atlanta Hawks (19-12)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG

The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks square off early Saturday night at the Philips Arena.

The New York Knicks look for a nice victory after splitting their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 97.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Arron Afflalo is averaging 13.8 points and 1.8 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Langston Galloway is dishing 2.1 assists and Robin Lopez is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Knicks are allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.4 turnovers per game. The New York Knicks have lost six of their last eight road games. Carmelo Anthony and Kyle O'Quinn are questionable. 

Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks - 12/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks look to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 101.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 99.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.4 points and 5.9 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Dennis Schroder is dishing 4.4 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won four of their last six home games.

The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Knicks are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Atlanta and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall. 

I don't like the Hawks at all. Atlanta looks like a different team from a year ago. Knicks aren't much better but I like the value of the points here. 

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