Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (38-44) at Atlanta Hawks (60-22)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -10.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks host the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs.
The Brooklyn Nets were going through a pretty disappointing regular season before a late surge saw them snag the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 38-44 on the season. Brook Lopez led the team in scoring with averages of 17.2 points with 7.4 rebounds while Joe Johnson averaged 14.4 points and 3.7 assists. Deron Williams missed 14 games but finished the season strong to improve his averages to 13.0 points and 6.6 assists but the real x-factor for the Nets is the addition of Thaddeus Young who has really embraced the support role with the Nets and is averaging 13.8 points with 5.9 rebounds.
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Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been the surprise team of the season as they not only made themselves relevant, but managed to secure the top seed in the Eastern Conference with an impressive record of 60-22. The Hawks' biggest strength lies in their balanced scoring and depth in their roster. Paul Millsap led the team in scoring with an average of 16.7 points, but five other players averaged in double digits with Jeff Teague averaging 15.9 points and Al Horford averaging 15.2 points. Kyle Korver was just about automatic from behind the arc and Dennis Schroder was a consistent contributor off the bench and even started 10 games when Teague sat out with injuries.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Nets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings but the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
I fully expect the Hawks to win this series by 4-1 and I'm confident that they'll kick things off with a nice double digit win in front of a packed house in Game 1.