Brooklyn & Atlanta tip off Game 2 of their Round 1, seven game series, tonight. Hawks are huge double digit favorites on the NBA Odds but are they worth backing? Find our NBA pick inside.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks (-10) 7:00 ET NBA TV
Brooklyn and Atlanta tip off Game 2 of their Round 1, seven game series, tonight. Game time is 7:05 ET as televised by NBA TV. First game was a (99-92) victory by Atlanta. In that contest, the Hawks shot just 43% from the field, 33% from the arc, but secured their winning margin by making 21/22 foul shots. This victory came despite the fact that Brooklyn made just 5 of 20 three-pointers, good for 25%. Also of note is the fact that Brooklyn had a +8 rebound margin in the game with a 47-39 edge.
NBA betting odds markets placed Atlanta as a 10-point home favorites for tonights game.
There is little doubt that Atlanta is one of the most improved teams in the NBA this season. Last year, the Hawks went 41-48 SU, losing to Indiana in 7 games of Round 1. This year, behind NBA Coach of the Year, Mike Budenholzer, Atlanta is 61-22 SU, good for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Credit Coach Bud’s distinguished service on the San Antonio staff, where he was mentored by long-time HC, Gregg Popovich. The Hawks clearly have a similar style to that of the Spurs in terms of their offensive spacing, which results in 25.7 assists per game (No. 1 in the East) and a defense that allows less than 44% from the field and only 34% from the arc. This is a team who, despite limited experience, has the potential to move deep into the post-season. The Game 1 victory vs. Brooklyn was the 5th consecutive time they have beaten the Nets this season. No surprise if a bit of overconfidence creeps in, along with some satisfaction by Coach Bud after he was voted NBA Coach of the Year. It appears that both of Atlanta’s interior players, Horford and Millsap, will make post despite relatively minor injuries.
Brooklyn is built around a trio of veteran and experienced players. This showed in the first game when former Atlanta star, Joe Johnson, had 17. D. Williams had 13 and Lopez added 17. These three players must lead the Nets, if they wish to stay competitive in this contest or have any chance to win the game.
Double digit dogs are now 4-1 ATS in the NBA Playoffs this year with the lone loss by a single point. Look for that to continue, as I once again point out that Game 2 double digit road dogs, off a single loss, are a winning NBA pick that is over 75% in the ATS column.
NBA Pick: Take Brooklyn Nets at The Greek