Hawks vs. Knicks - 11/8/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (2-4) at Atlanta Hawks (1-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, SPSO
The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks play Saturday night at the Philips Arena.
The New York Knicks have lost three straight games, which includes an 11-point loss Friday to the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks continue to struggle in their new offense and nobody besides Carmelo Anthony is having much success putting the ball in the hoop. The Knicks shot just 41.1 percent from the field in the loss to the Nets and Carmelo is 10-41 from the field in his last two games. To understand how bad things really are for the Knicks right now, Iman Shumpert is their second-leading scorer with an average of 13.2 points per game. A positive sign for the Knicks is that Tim Hardaway Jr. may be turning the corner with 36 points and six assists in his last two contests. Defensively, the New York Knicks are allowing 96.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. It’s clearly a growing process for the Knicks right now and not much may change until Jose Calderon returns from injury.
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The Atlanta Hawks drop to 1-3 on the season after losing a double overtime game Friday to the Charlotte Hornets. The Hawks allowed the Hornets to shoot 49.5 percent from the field, which is never a recipe for a victory. Overall, the Atlanta Hawks are allowing 98.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting from the field. Offensively, the Hawks haven’t had many issues, as Al Horford has two double doubles and is coming off a game where he was 11-16 from the field and Kyle Korver is 7-15 from downtown in his last three games. The Hawks are 9-3 in their last 12 regular season games when scoring 100 or more points. As long as the offensive production can continue for Atlanta, this is a team that will make the playoffs once again in a watered down East.
The Knicks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hawks are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Atlanta.
I'm not trying to figure either one of these teams out, which is why I'm siding with the over. Neither of these teams is all that great defensively and the over is 14-6 in the last 20 times these two squads have met in Atlanta. Give me the over.