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Knicks vs Hawks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks
- Where: Atlanta at State Farm Arena
- Date: Friday, January 20th
- Betting Odds ATL -3, NY +127 | ATL -154 O/U 233.5
The Knicks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-21. So far, the team has gone 24-21-1 against the spread. Over the Knicks current 2 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -6.5 points per game.
In their previous game, the Knicks were favored to win vs the Wizards. However, their 116-105 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. New York was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Wizards by 11 going into halftime. In the loss, Jalen Brunson led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 45.8%.
So far, the Hawks have put together an overall record of 23-22, while going 19-25-1 vs the spread. In today’s game, Atlanta will look to extend their 4 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 7.25 points.
The Hawks are coming off a 130-122 win over the Mavericks. This win came despite entering the game as the 2 point underdogs. Atlanta went on to win the game, as they led by 3 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Dejounte Murray, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Knicks averaged 107.0 points per game vs the Hawks. While the Knicks were able to maintain their usual level of production against Atlanta, the Hawks averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 100.5. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Knicks. In these matchups, New York has averaged 108 points per game, while allowing 102. Over the course of these games, they averaged 210 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 46 games, the Knicks are averaging 114.1 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.7 made 3’s per game. If New York continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 23rd in the league in possessions per game.
Defensively, the Knicks are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 106.6 points per contest (6th).
On offense, Julius Randle leads the Knicks in scoring at 24.2 points per game, placing him 22nd in the NBA. Overall, Randle has hit 45.5% of his shots while accounting for 19.8% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 28th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 22.6 points per game, Jalen Brunson is the 2nd leading scorer for the Knicks. For the season, he is 59th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 47.0%.
Through 45 games, Atlanta is the 11th best scoring team at 115.4 points per game. In terms of pace, the Hawks are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.4 possessions per game. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the leauge in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 3rd in the league in made field goals per game.
Currently, the Hawks defense is ranked 21st in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.38 points per game vs the unit.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Trae Young, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Young leads the team in scoring at 27.2 points per game while Murray is 2nd at 20.6. For the season, Young is 8th in the NBA in usage rate and 32nd in player efficiency. Behind him, Murray has taken 19.6% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 45.5%.
Knicks vs Hawks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hawks -3
- Free Total Prediction: Over 233.5