Hawks at Knicks - 1/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Hawks (21-13) at New York Knicks (15-19)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +4 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks clash Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
The Atlanta Hawks look to remain hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.7 points and 5.9 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Kent Bazemore is dishing 2.4 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.1 turnovers per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won five of their last eight road games. Tiago Splitter is questionable with a calf injury.
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The New York Knicks need a big win after losing five of their last six games. The New York Knicks are averaging 97.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21.9 points and 3.6 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 13.1 points and eight rebounds. Arron Afflalo is dishing 1.7 assists and Derrick Williams is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Knicks are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.1 turnovers per game. The New York Knicks have won five of their last seven home games.
The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Knicks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Early games are weird, and I usually give the edge to the home teams in this case. The Knicks are desprate for a victory and I'm still not 100 percent sold on the Hawks. If forced to pick this game, I'm siding with the points.