Confidently Add Nets to Your NBA Picks as They Will Play Purposefully Against Hawks

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 1:56 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015 1:56 PM GMT

The Nets visit the Hawks on Wednesday night for their fifth game (out of seven). Will this be the end of the series or will they go on their sixth game? Find out here as our expert shares his NBA pick.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks (-9) 7:00 ET TNT TV
Brooklyn Nets visit the Atlanta Hawks at 7:00 pm ET on Wednesday night for the resumption of their 7-game series in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs. After winning the first 2 games by narrow margins of 99-92 and 96-91 on this floor, the series returns to Brooklyn and they're posted as short underdogs on the NBA odds.  It was all Nets with victories by counts of 91-83 and 120-115 in OT on Monday night.  Now, the series switches to Atlanta for Game 5 with the home team returning off back-to-back losses.  

Brooklyn PG, D. Williams, erupted in Game 4 for 35 points on 7 of 11 three pointers.  The prideful Williams rebounded from miserable performances in Games 2 and 3, when he totaled just 5 points.  Veterans, Lopez with a 26/10 night and Joe Johnson with 17 points, provided a big 3 for Brooklyn.  Key to the Brooklyn offensive success that night was committing just 10 TOs.  The Nets were a team mired in mediocrity at the All-Star Break with a record of 21-31 SU.  Since that time, however, they have gone 19-15 SU and have covered all 4 games in this playoff series in which a single point separates the two teams after 4 games. 

After going 41-48 SU last season, little more was expected than a .500 season out of the Hawks this year!  Their 60-22 SU regular season record shattered expectations.  Credit Coach of the Year, Budenholzer, for a dramatic turnaround that has featured crisp ball movement and offensive cohesion!  Such was on display again in the Game 4 loss, when 5 Hawks shared the “sugar,” scoring 10 or more points.  Check out this balance.  Milsap had a 16/12 night, Horford logged 17/7, Korver had 16/11, Carroll a 20/9 night and PG Teague 20 points with 11 assists.   Yet, the Hawks appear to be a team on the decline.  Atlanta entered the All Star Break with a league best, 43-11 SU mark.  It featured runs of 36-5 SU and 22-3 SU entering the break.  At that time, they were on a current run of 18-3 ATS to -9.  Since that time, however, the Hawks became complacent in cruising to the finish line with what is now a post-break log of 19-13 SU.  Clearly, they have lost their momentum.

Brooklyn has proven to themselves that they can play with Atlanta, after the Hawks swept the regular season, 4-0 SU, with 3 of the victories by 11 or more points.  With this series decided by a single point in 4 games, let’s look for the veteran Nets to play with purpose and come in comfortably under the 9 point impost, and back them with our NBA picks

NBA Pick: Take Brooklyn Nets at GTBets

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