Atlanta Hawks (7-23) at New York Knicks (9-24)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -2 -- Over/Under: 230 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks do battle at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
The Atlanta Hawks have been in rough shape as they’ve lost seven of their past nine games but they will be feeling better after snapping a four-game skid with a 118-110 win over the Wizards on Tuesday. John Collins led the team with 20 points, 13 rebounds and three assists, Trae Young added 19 points with four assists, while Jeremy Lin and Alex Len provided the spark off the bench with 16 and 15 points respectively. As a team, the Hawks shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 32 from the 3-point line as they opened the game with a 12-0 run before the Wizards pulled it back. Fortunately, the Hawks broke away in the fourth quarter with a 25-9 to put the game away late and improve to 7-23 overall and 5-9 at home.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a real slump as they’ve lost eight of their last nine games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling to the 76ers in a 131-109 blowout on Wednesday. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team with 27 points and five assists, Kevin Knox added 21 points while Enes Kanter chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 43 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line but the real problem was on the defensive end as they just had no answer for the 76ers who shot 53 percent from the field and 15 of 30 from the 3-point line. With the loss, New York dropped to 9-24 overall and 5-14 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a win, 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record. The Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the over is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings and the Hawks are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Knicks have been mired in a real slump for a while now and they didn’t look good at all in their loss to the 76ers on Wednesday. The Hawks haven’t been world beaters themselves, but there were plenty of positives in their narrow win over the Wizards. The Knicks have already beaten the Hawks twice this season but they’ve been in rough shape and are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. With that being said, I’m going against the trends and I’m taking the Hawks with the points in this one.