Hawks The ATS Favorites At Home Over Knicks

Steven Suarez

Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:21 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 6:21 PM UTC

It hasn't been a good start for either the Knicks or Hawks, but Atlanta is still getting a lot of love from NBA oddsmakers for Saturday evening's game. Find out why we think the value may indeed lie with the Hawks in this spot.

Odds Overview
As of now, the Hawks are 6.5-point favorites on the NBA odds board. The total is at 195 points at a lot of the sportsbooks we've checked over.

Atlanta comes in at 1-3 SU and 1-3 ATS, whereas New York has gone 2-4 both straight up and against the spread. Both teams are off to slow starts, but one will end up on the winning side tonight.

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Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have won just one game to start their season, but all three of their losses have been by close margins.

In the season opener, Atlanta lost by seven on the road to Toronto, only to turn around a few days later to beat Indiana by 10 at home. However, the Hawks have then lost by a combined five points in defeats at San Antonio and at Charlotte.

Last night's game was a thriller, with the game going into double overtime, though it was the Hornets that ended up winning 122-119 on their home court. 

As a team, Atlanta shot 46.2 percent from the floor, 39.4 percent from three and 76.9 percent from the charity stripe. The Hawks were beat up badly in the paint, getting outscored 58-38 inside while also losing the rebounding battle. They had a ton of trouble containing Al Jefferson, who had 34 points, nine boards and a couple blocks.

For the Hawks, Horford, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver all had at least 20 points in the loss. Horford added 10 rebounds, three steals and a block, while Teague handed out a game-high 15 assists, though he did turn the ball over five times. Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Dennis Schroder all scored in doublie figures too.


New York Knicks
The Knicks have already had some ups and downs this season. They got demolished by the Bulls in their season opener, but then went on to beat both Cleveland (95-90) and Charlotte (96-93) in their next two games.

The wheels have come off lately though, as New York has dropped three straight, losing at home to Washington and on the road to Detroit and Brooklyn.

In last night's game against the Nets, the Knicks got out to a bad start and could never recover. They shot 41.1 percent overall, 42.1 percent from beyond the arc, and hit 17-of-21 from the charity stripe. 

Carmelo Anthony tried to carry the load, as usual, but he was struggling with his shot, only finishing 5-of-20 from the field for 19 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert served as the starting backcourt duo (Shane Larkin was relegated to the bench, with Pablo Prigioni and Jose Calderon still injured), and finished with a combined 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. 

The frontcourt got dominated, which is no surprise when you consider it was Jason Smith and Samuel Dalembert taking up the starting spots at the four and the five. You may be able to tell, but we're not huge fans of the Knicks.


NBA Pick
Though we're a little worried about tired legs after Atlanta's double-overtime exploits last night, they're the better all-around team and should be able to scoot past the Knicks.

New York also played last night, and they got smacked around by Brooklyn for their third consecutive loss. Injuries have been hurting them, and it could be another long year for the Knicks. They've got a lot of issues with that roster, and it's going to take time for Phil Jackson to right the ship.

As a result, we look for the Hawks to get the job done in this NBA betting situation and will recommend them as our NBA picks this evening. They have more things going for them right now and feel like the much safer side.

Free NBA Picks: Hawks -6.5 at 5Dimes

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