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Nets vs Hawks NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks
  • Where: Atlanta at State Farm Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, December 28th
  • Betting Odds ATL +5.5, BKN -226 | ATL +182 O/U 238.5

The Nets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-12. So far, the team has gone 17-16-1 against the spread. Brooklyn comes into the game having rattled off 9 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 9.67 points.

Brooklyn is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Cavaliers. With the 125-117 victory, they also covered the spread as 2 point underdogs. Brooklyn played well enough in the second half to prevent the Cavaliers from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 16 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kyrie Irving, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 57.9% of his shots.

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So far, the Hawks have put together an overall record of 17-17, while going 13-20-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

In their previous game, the Hawks were favored to win vs the Pacers. However, their 129-114 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Atlanta struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 10 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was John Collins, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 64.7% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 115.0 points per game vs the Hawks. Just like the Nets, the Hawks maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 111.67 points per game vs Brooklyn. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Atlanta has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Nets actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +4 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 234 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Nets come into today’s game as the 15th ranked scoring offense at 114.4 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Nets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.2 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Brooklyn offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 27th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.

Against the Hawks, the Nets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 18th in points allowed.

On offense, Kevin Durant leads the Nets in scoring at 30.0 points per game, placing him 6th in the NBA. Overall, Durant has hit 56.3% of his shots while accounting for 22.7% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 13th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 26.0 points per game, Kyrie Irving is the 2nd leading scorer for the Nets. For the season, he is 45th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 48.7%.

For the season, the Hawks offensive unit is ranked just 13th in scoring at 114.6 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Hawks are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.2 possessions per game. If the Hawks are going to turn things around on offense, they must improve their overall shooting efficiency. In particular, the 3-point shot has been problematic for the unit, as they are just 27th in 3-point shooting percentage.

Against the Nets, the Hawks will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 21st in points allowed.

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 27.3 points per game while Murray is 2nd at 20.4. For the season, Young is 6th in the NBA in usage rate and 30th in player efficiency. Behind him, Murray has taken 19.4% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 44.9%.

Nets vs Hawks Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Nets -5.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 238.5

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