Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks - 11/13/13
New York Knicks (2-4) at Atlanta Hawks (4-3)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks welcome Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks to town on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Knicks are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Atlanta. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The Knicks on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a home winning % greater than .600, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Having alternated wins and losses through the first six games of the season, the Atlanta Hawks finally won two in a row following their 103-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night. Thanks to 24 points from Center Al Horford, which included 13 in the third quarter alone, the Hawks come from eight points down at half time to outscore the home team by 17 points in the second half to run away with the win. Horford has thrived early under new coach Mike Budenholzer and is on pace for career highs in points per game and blocked shots.
Meanwhile, things continue to get worse for a New York Knicks squad that suffered their worst loss of the season on Sunday, going down to the visiting San Antonio Spurs 89-120 to drop to 2-4 on the young season. While the Knicks are statistically a top ten defensive squad through the first two weeks of action, which is sure to change now that Tyson Chander will be missing for up to 4-6 weeks, they rank 24th of worse in all other major categories such as rebounds (38), assists (18.5) and points (93) per game. J.R Smith, who played his first game of the season against the Spurs, will certainly help New York on the offensive end, although he was just 1-9 from the field in 21 minutes of action.
You wouldn't really know it, but the Hawks are playing at a very fast pace under Budenholzer this season and as of today they are leading the Eastern Conference in points per game at 104.7. In fact, they haven't scored under 100 points in any of their seven games thus far. While the Knicks are having their fair share of troubles on the offensive end, they have still topped 97 in three of their last four, so it's not all that bad.
If your into prop bets, take Carmelo Anthony to score over 26.5 points tonight. Anthony has torched the Hawks in the past, scoring 36, 39, 42 and 40 in his past four meetings. Atlanta doesn't really have a matchup for Melo here either...
Dan’s Pick: Over 199.5
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