NBA Picks: Knicks vs. Hawks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:54 AM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013 11:54 AM GMT

Carmelo Anthony is coming off his first 50-point performance as a member of the New York Knicks, which should serve him well in facing the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night. Where can we find the best value for our NBA picks?


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this Eastern Conference matchup at Philips Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The heat is on

New York owns the longest current winning streak in the NBA, as it picked up its ninth consecutive victory with a 102-90 victory over the Miami Heat as three-point road favorites Tuesday, while going OVER the total for the third time in four contests.

The Knicks are 18-11 straight up (SU) and 16-12-1 against the spread (ATS) during the second half of the season, with the UNDER going 16-13 in those 29 opportunities.

Be careful

Atlanta has won back-to-back games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, but failed to cash a ticket as 10.5 and 11-point favorites respectively, while each affair went UNDER the total.

The Hawks are 13-19 SU and 15-17 ATS when playing a team with a winning record during the 2012-13 NBA season, with the UNDER going 18-14 in that situation.

Anthony

NBA handicappers should expect another huge performance out of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, as he’s managed to average 39.0 points in three games against the Hawks since Mike Woodson arrived in the Big Apple.

Woodson last season as coach of the Hawks came in 2009-10, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread, as he’s still familiar with a good portion of the franchise’s players.

Anthony is currently second in the league in averaging 27.9 points per game, as he’s just behind Kevin Durant (28.3) and ahead of Kobe Bryant (27.0) in that particular category.

Betting trends

The Knicks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games against the Hawks, while the OVER is 24-11 in the last 35 meetings overall.  New York has also managed to cover the number in eight of its last nine games versus Eastern Conference foes.

I wouldn’t be too concerned of a letdown by the visitor in this spot, as it faced a Miami squad without the services of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, while it is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games on zero days rest.

[gameodds]5/223732/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Knicks as one of their NBA picks, as they’ll continue to be motivated in trying to grab the No. 2 seed in the upcoming playoffs, which would guarantee that a potential meeting with the Heat wouldn’t happen until the Eastern Conference finals.

NBA Pick:  New York Knicks +3.5 at BetOnline

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