NBA Picks & Predictions for Hawks vs. Nets

Jeff Grant

Monday, January 6, 2014 2:32 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 2:32 PM GMT

The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets have both suffered major injuries in the early going, as they prepare to face off for the first time during the 2013-14 season. We go over this matchup in hopes of locating value worth taking advantage of with our NBA picks.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this Eastern Conference matchup at the Barclays Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Losing streak 

Atlanta has dropped back-to-back games, including a 91-84 decision to the Chicago Bulls as five-point road underdogs last Saturday, with the total falling UNDER the NBA odds for a third consecutive contest.  

The Hawks have compiled a 3-3 SU record since starting center Al Horford suffered a season-ending pectoral injury, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (3-3 Over/Under). 

Trending upward?

Brooklyn has gotten off to a miserable start under first-year head coach Jason Kidd, but it has won two games in a row, including a 89-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers as 6.5-point home favorites last Saturday. 

The Nets are still trying to find out their best rotations to send out on the floor, especially since they’ve gone 3-4 SU since All-Star center Brook Lopez suffered a season-ending foot injury. 

Millsap 

NBA handicappers need to take a long look at the road underdog in this spot, considering Hawks forward Paul Millsap is one of two players in the league averaging at least 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. 

He’s posted seven double-doubles in the last eight games, while also hitting 84 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. 

Over the last three games, Atlanta is shooting 84.5 percent from the foul line as a team.

100 is the key 

The Nets are 12-5 SU this year when holding opponents to 100 or fewer points this season, while they’ve dropped all 16 games when failing to accomplish that feat. 

Brooklyn might be able to outscore Atlanta in this matchup, with point guard Deron Williams averaging 17.8 points and 7.5 assists in four meetings against Jeff Teague a season ago.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their NBA picks, as the OVER is 10-3 in the Nets’ last 13 home games versus a team with a losing road record.

NBA Pick:  Over 197

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