The Hawks are having another fantastic start to the season as they are the road favorite going into New Orleans and facing a team with possibly the most talented player in the NBA in Anthony Davis.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST tonight at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to 5Dimes Sportsbook, the Hawks are a 3 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 205 on the NBA Odds Board. Atlanta plays as a collective team unit with no egos and that's a tough combination to beat. Let's take an in-depth look.
This is what's made the Hawks such a good team as everyone knows their role and no individual player is better than the team. Atlanta goes into each and every game with this type of mentality and that's why they are a winner.
If you remember from last season, they had a ton of All-Stars; even Kyle Korver was an all-star. The only issue with this type of team is that they'll win 55- 60 games in the regular season, but don't have the ability to stop a Lebron James and that's as far as their season will go. When playing a rather young team such as the Pelicans, they will come up on the winning end more times than not.
Knowing Their Role
Although Jeff Teague is filled with talent and has stepped up his game this season, averaging 19.2 points and 5.8 assists per game, everyone on this team fits like a perfect puzzle.
Big Al Horford is in the middle and although isn't flashy, he can rebound and score efficiently and will occasionally have a 25 point plus night. Aloing with Horford, Paul Millsap adds another big body in the middle and although he isn't a selfish player offensively, averaging just 14.7 points and 9 rebounds per game, Millsap can explode for "20-10" on any given night and the combination of these two big presences on the court is overwhelming to opposing teams.
While Kyle Korver, who is a 3-point specialist, has started the season off slow, bench player, Dennis Schroeder, has really come into his own and is one of the most valuable players on this team along with guard Kent Bazemore. For the season, Schroeder is averaging 12.8 points in just 23.7 minutes per game. He always seems to come up with the timely hoop and can shoot from the outside. It appears that the New Orleans Pelicans have their hands full.
You can't mention the Pelicans without mentioning the player with the most potential in this league in Anthony Davis. Thus far, Davis' numbers look mighty good, but he hasn't been the presence that he's been in the past and needs more support. If he was playing on the Hawks, they would be unbeatable.
Davis can score, rebound, and play defense like no other as his 3 blocks per game indicates. Look for Davis to have a monster game as nobody on the Hawks is fit to contend with him defensively.
Don't Break the China!
You basically know what you're going to get with 3-point specialist, Ryan Anderson, but Jrue Holliday is the wild-card on this team as he was once a top-notch superstar, but very underrated player with the Philadelphia 76'ers.
Holliday is instant offense, but he's coming back from injury and the team is trying to ease him back into the lineup, cutting down on his minutes.
In time, New Orleans will be more effective when Holliday sees more minutes. This is a team with talent as Eric Gordon, who averages, 16 points per game, and is a pure scorer. The problem with the Pelicans is that they don't know how to work as a unit like the Hawks and it shows in the standings.
I would love to take the Pelicans tonight with my NFL pick, as the Unibrow is a beast, but until they win, the bettor is better off siding with the proven entity in the Atlanta Hawks.
NBA Pick: Atlanta Hawks -3 (-105) at 5Dimes