Hawks vs. Nets NBA Picks: Brooklyn to Win SU & Cover ATS in Game 3

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:08 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015 7:08 PM UTC

We’ll examine Saturday’s Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series between Atlanta and Brooklyn. Our informative and insightful betting preview article culminates with an ATS selection.

Nets seek first Win of Series versus Hawks on Saturday
The Brooklyn Nets will host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at 3:05 PM ET in Game 3 of their best of seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series. According to the NBA betting odds at Pinnacle, Atlanta is a 2.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 200.5.


Series Notes
- The Atlanta Hawks won both Games 1 and 2 at home, but failed to cover in each of those contests.

- Atlanta was able to make 22 three-point shots in the first two games of this series. The Hawks now made 75 three point shots in six games (21.5 PG) versus Brooklyn this season.

- Atlanta has forced 33 turnovers in the first two games of this series, and has committed just 22.

- Atlanta is a dismal 2-6 in their last eight games on the road.

- The Brooklyn Nets have gone under the total in each of their previous six games. The Nets have allowed 99-points or less in five of those six contests, and have scored 92 or less in four of their previous five.

- Brooklyn is 7-2 in their last nine games at home.

- The totals in this series have declined from 204.5 in Game 1, to 202.5 in Game 2, and now the current number for Game 3 is 200.5. The first two games of the series both went under the number, and did so by a combined 28.0 points.


Final Analysis
The Nets have lost all six games versus the Hawks this season, and that includes the two playoff defeats. The first three meetings resulted in Atlanta wins by double digit margins. However, in the last three encounters, the victory margins were by just 3, 7, and 5 points respectively. Brooklyn showed they’re fully capable of playing with Atlanta in the first two games of this series, and came very close to escaping with a win in Game 2. I like the Nets to come out on top on Saturday, and to make this a much tougher series for the Hawks than most people would’ve anticipated. Put me down for the home underdog in this one as one of my NBA picks on Saturday.

NBA Pick: Play on Brooklyn +2.5 over Atlanta at Pinnacle

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