NBA Picks: Hawks vs. Knicks

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:45 PM GMT

Expect two weak lineups tonight when the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks meet up inside Madison Square Garden. Where does the best NBA betting value lie in this matchup.

Odds Overview

The Knicks are favored by four points at time of this writing, with three-and-a-half also there for the taking at certain books like BetDSI.

The total has opened up at 192 and hasn't seen much movement just yet. Keep clicking back to SBR's NBA odds page to see if there's any changes as we get closer and closer to tipoff.

Take a look at our daily NBA Odds & Betting Lines report.

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks were dismantled 113-96 by the Toronto Raptors last night, moving them to 2-4 SU and ATS over their last six.

Those who backed Atlanta to cover (-5) were left shaking their heads, as the Raptors jumped out to a 68-51 halftime lead and never looked back. The Hawks shot just 39.8 percent from the floor, as opposed to the Raptors and their 51.3 percent mark.

Al Horford sat out for Atlanta, while none of the five starters played more than 22 minutes. Josh Smith played just 13 minutes before exiting with a knee issue, while Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, and Kyle Korver were all on the court for less than 19 minutes.

Off the bench, Mike Scott had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Ivan Johnson (12 points and 10 boards) also had a double-double in the loss.

Tonight we can expect another cautious approach from the Hawks as they gear up for the playoffs. Horford and Smith will almost assuredly sit out, and we should see a lot of limited minutes for the other starters, if at all, once again. 

New York Knicks 

With Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Tyson Chandler, and Raymond Felton all getting the night off, the Knicks fell to Charlotte 106-95 on Monday night. 

New York ran with a starting five of Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, James White, Steve Novak, and Chris Copeland. The Knicks attempted a whopping 37 three-pointers, connecting on 14 of them for 37.8 percent, but allowed the Bobcats to shoot 58.1 percent.

Copeland took full advantage of his extended playing time, pouring in 32 points on 12-of-25 shooting and adding seven rebounds. Steve Novak had 17 points and seven boards and James White finished with a 15/7/6 line in the defeat. 

It's likely we'll see the same starters on the court to begin tonight's game, with New York opting to get some more rest in for their key guys before the start of their series with the Boston Celtics.

On the season, the Knicks have logged a 24-16 ATS record at MSG, while covering the spread in five of the last seven meetings with Atlanta.

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NBA Pick 

There's obviously some inherent risk in making NBA picks at this juncture, when locked and loaded playoff teams are doing everything they can to get their proper rest in. With makeshift starting fives expected for both teams, it's quite difficult to gauge the right side.

Even though New York's top guys are all going to sit out, they have some solid options off the bench who will slide into the lineup.

We like the experience of Priogini and the deadly shooting ability of Novak and Copeland, and it always helps when you're on your own court and wanting to give the fans something to cheer about before the regular season ends. 

With that said, we are going to play the Knicks here to win by four or more points. Good luck.

Free Pick: New York Knicks -3.5

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