Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans 10/6/14
New Orleans Pelicans (0-0) at Atlanta Hawks (0-0)
NBA Preseason: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -3 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks host the New Orleans Pelicans in their preseason opener on Monday night from Phillips Arena.
If the Atlanta Hawks can remain relatively injury free this season, they will be a sure-fire playoff team and a top-four contender in a weak Eastern Conference. For the Hawks to succeed this season and potentially go deep into the playoffs they are going to need a full season from Center Al Horford, who missed 53 games last season and 71 back in 2011-12. The seven-year forward from Florida is still one of the most underrated big men in the league and was on pace to have his best season as a pro before injuries derailed his 2013-14 season, finishing with averages of 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in just 29 contests. Horford joins eight-year veteran Paul Millsap to create one of the premier frontcourts in Eastern Conference, if not the entire league. Atlanta added some nice complimentary pieces in the offseason, but everything revolves around Horford remaining healthy.
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The New Orleans Pelicans opened post season action with a comfortable 98-86 victory over the Miami Heat in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday night. In a game where no starter saw over 12 minutes of action besides Darius Miller, it was Jimmer Fredette and Luke Babbitt who lead the way with 17 and 15 points, respectively. The pair combined to shoot 8-12 from beyond the arc, which was three more than the whole Miami team hit combined. Austin Rivers, rookie Russ Smith and Ryan Anderson, who missed most of last season through injury, all finished the game on 12 points apiece for a New Orleans squad looking to improve on their disappointing 2013-14 campaign.
On another note, look out for Anthony Davis this season, who is paying 24/1 to win the MVP. It’s hard to see anyone but Lebron or KD walking home with the trophy, but Davis is the next-in-line in my eyes.
As with most of these early preseason games, you just really don't know what to expect in terms of how many minutes each player is going to get. I find it hard to see each team getting to 100 points here, so let's take the under...
Dan's Pick: Under 199.5