Nets at Hawks - 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 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks meet Sunday afternoon in game one of the playoffs.
The Brooklyn Nets ended the season splitting their last eight games. On the season, the Nets are averaging 98 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds while Joe Johnson is averaging 14.4 points and 3.7 assists. Thaddeus Young is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Deron Williams is dishing 6.6 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 47.4 percent shooting in their last five games and have lost four of their last six games when allowing 100-plus points. The Nets have won five of their last eight games on the road. The Nets are an experienced and dangerous team. Alan Anderson is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Atlanta Hawks ended the season splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 102.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 97.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.9 points and seven assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and DeMarre Carroll is dishing 1.7 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 44.8 percent from the field in their last five games and have won eight of their last 12 games when topping 100 points. The Hawks have lost just three home games since February. Mike Scott is questionable with a back injury.
The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 9-21 ATS in their last 30 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Nets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I don't get the same vibes from Atlanta as I did in the past. The Hawks are shaky lately, especially with their injuries. I like the experience the Nets bring and think they can compete in this series. Take the points.