Defenses Rest: Nets, Hawks to Find Plenty of Point Production

Friday, January 12, 2018 5:20 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 5:20 PM UTC

The Nets and Hawks meet in Atlanta on Friday night in a game that could be a lot higher scoring than the 211 total suggests, but is that the best bet to make in our NBA picks?

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Nets vs. Hawks">Friday NBA: Nets vs. Hawks</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3264086, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,238,169,19,180], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick:<strong> </strong>Over 211</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a></h2><p>After opening at 210 points, the total for this game on the <a href="" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds</a> board went up a point Friday morning, and it might go up even higher than that by tip-off. These two teams play at fast paces, and while neither of them have much offense, that may not matter much tonight against each other’s defenses.</p><p>The Hawks have the NBA's third-worst defensive rating at home at 108.8, and the Nets play at the fourth-fastest pace on the road at 102.5 possessions per game.</p><p>That’s a recipe for a lot of scoring, yet this game has a total that’s 10 to 15 points less than some of the other potentially higher scoring games tonight. That’s a mistake by the sportsbooks, in my opinion.</p><p>While games such as Houston-Phoenix and Golden State-Milwaukee have more star power, this game could easily end up with both teams north of 110 points, which is why I like the over for my <a href="" title="NBA Picks">NBA pick</a>.</p>
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