Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets, 01/10/17 – Preview & Prediction
Written by: George Middleton
Atlanta Hawks (21-16) at Brooklyn Nets (8-28)
NBA: Tuesday, January 10, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Line: Atlanta -7
The Atlanta Hawks travel to Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets for a Tuesday night contest. This is the first of four meetings between the two teams this season. Atlanta has won six straight games while Brooklyn has lost six in a row. The Hawks are led by Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder. Millsap is averaging 17.7 points and 8.2 rebounds, and Schroder is putting up 17.7 points and 6.2 assists. Brook Lopez leads the Nets as he is averaging 20.1 points and 5.1 rebounds this season. Brooklyn is 30th in the league in defense (114 ppg) and Atlanta is ninth in points allowed (102.8 ppg). Can Lopez lead the Nets to the upset win against Atlanta?
Hawks defense terrific in win
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-82 on Saturday night. Atlanta outscored Dallas 52-40 in the second half. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Hawks with 22 points on 5-of-8 from 3-point range off the bench. Hardaway’s role is expected to expand since Kyle Korver was traded to Cleveland. Dennis Schroder went for 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. The Hawks shot 41 percent from the field and the Mavericks shot 39 percent. Atlanta had trouble containing Harrison Barnes who had 21 points on 9-of-15 from the field. Dwight Howard wound up with 15 points and 20 rebounds.
Paul Millsap added 17 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. The Hawks out-rebounded the Mavericks 47-41 in the contest. Atlanta improved to 11-9 on the road this season.
Nets fall to 76ers
The Brooklyn Nets lost 105-95 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon. Philadelphia dominated the second half when they outscored Brooklyn 59-38. Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting. The Nets had trouble containing Joel Embiid who had 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting in only 24 minutes. Justin Hamilton went for 16 points and five rebounds in the loss. Bojan Bogdanovic wound up with 12 points and eight rebounds. Brooklyn shot 46 percent from the field and Philadelphia shot 39 percent.
Philadelphia out-rebounded Brooklyn 46-40 in the game. Sean Kilpatrick added 10 points off the bench. The key in the contest was turnovers as the Nets had 22 and the 76ers committed 13. Brooklyn fell to 7-11 on the road this season.
The Atlanta Hawks are:
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Brooklyn Nets are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Atlanta is a much better team and they have the edge in nearly every spot. Look for Millsap to lead the Hawks to an easy road win. The Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The pick: Atlanta
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.
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