Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/29/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (40-46) at Atlanta Hawks (62-24)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -9 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The series shifts back to Philips Arena as the Brooklyn Nets battle the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5.
Most people had the Hawks winning this series easily but they've been far from convincing despite winning the first two games of the serise. Now that the series is all tied up at 2-2, there may be a few Hawks fans feeling a little nervous after losing to the Nets by 120-115 in overtime in Game 4. Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll led the team with 20 points each, Al Horford added 17 points while Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver added 16 points each, but it still wasn't enough to get the win despite leading by 10 points late in the third quarter. So far in this series, the Hawks really haven't looked at all like the team that won 60 games in the regular season but the bottom line is that they still have home-court advantage.
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As for the Nets, there was plenty of speculation about Deron Williams bounced back from two terrible games to lead the Nets to an impressive victory, scoring a career playoff-high 35 points on 13 of 25 shooting to go along with seven assists. Brook Lopez added 26 points, Joe Johnson added 17 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 points as the Nets rallied behind their point guard and levelled the series. The Nets have done very well to get the series to 2-2 and could pull one of the biggest upsets in a while if they can beat the Hawks straight up.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 7-0 ATS in their last seven Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 0-6 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games.
Head to head, the Nets are a perfect 4-0 ATS in this series and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Atlanta.
The Hawks really should win this game by double digits but I've been saying that all series and they haven't done it once. I think there's plenty of value on the Nets with the points in this one as they've covered each of the four games in this series and have been more than competitive in their two losses in Games 1 and 2.