NBA Pick: Nets to Avoid Going Down 0-3 Against Hawks this Saturday

Charles Stark

Saturday, April 25, 2015 12:52 PM GMT

Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015 12:52 PM GMT

On the year the Brooklyn Nets are 0-5 against the Atlanta Hawks, I am taking them as NBA odds home dogs on the money line to get this crucial win in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

So far no good for the Nets?
Not really, although they are down 0-2 I like how the Nets have been playing in this series. In both games they fought back from significant deficits to give them some opportunities to win, that showed good character from Brooklyn because the Hawks are extremely tough at home.  Some good signs for the Nets were that they have averaged shooting over 45% those last two games against a Hawks team that has allowed only 43.7% at home this year. Things have looked for them defensively as well, Brooklyn has limited Atlanta to around 40% shooting from the field much lower than their season average at home of 47.3% which was ranked third in the league this season. One of the main issues has been turnovers in which I anticipate them to limit better playing at home.

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Tough to sweep
In the playoffs is never easy to sweep. The Atlanta Hawks have had a great season but Brooklyn has been playing well over the last month of the season, although I don’t think they can come back to win the series, I do think they have a very good chance to win a couple of games.  Lionel Hollins is a very good coach and at home the Nets have been a much tougher team than on the road.  Defensively at home Brooklyn plays much better compared to on the road, opponent shooting percentage and assists go down, while turnovers go up.  Since a loss to Boston at home March 23rd the Nets have gone 7-2 at home beating the like of Cleveland, Toronto, and Washington.  I think they believe they can beat the Hawks and are playing well enough right now to do it. The line on the NBA odds board is at Atlanta -2.5, that line seems pretty small considering the Nets record this year against the Hawks, but it actually is set because they know Brooklyn will be right in this. I am taking them as my NBA pick on the plus money line at around +120 for my play of the day.

NBA Pick: Nets +120 at The Greek

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