Tanks Ahoy! Take The Home Team For Knicks-Hawks

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:59 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 5:59 PM UTC

The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks are both more interested in losing than winning. But we’ll put the Hawks in our NBA picks for Thursday’s matchup.

<p style="text-align:right"><strong><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record</em><em>: 12-10 ATS, 0-1 ML (minus-1.15 units), 16-7 Totals</em></strong><br /> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/new-york-knicks-vs-atlanta-hawks-3569708/odds/" title="Live Game Odds">New York (10-46 SU, 23-32-1 ATS) at Atlanta (19-38 SU, 25-32 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Hawks ML</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4423&amp;book=BetOnline" target="_blank" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a><br /> </h2><p>Somebody has to win Thursday’s game between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks. That’s bad news for both clubs. Neither one wants to add more wins to their Win column; this is a rebuilding year, and despite the NBA’s recent flattening of the Draft Lottery system, it’s still a race to the bottom of the standings – a race the Knicks are winning at the moment.<br /><br />The Hawks may have some catching up (down?) to do, but we’re going to risk it and recommend Atlanta for Thursday’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Check All Our NBA Picks">NBA picks</a>. This will be their last game before the All-Star break, and it’s at home, so they might as well give their long-suffering fans something to cheer about. Beating the spread is a whole other matter, so we’d rather avoid that entirely here at the ranch and just take the Hawks on the moneyline.</p><h2><strong>Frank Magazine</strong></h2><p>It’s tempting to take the "under" for Thursday’s matchup. These teams have already met twice this year, and the "under" cashed in both times, with the home side prevailing SU and ATS. But how much effort will they put in on defense for the rubber match? Especially with PG Frank Ntilikina (minus-4.2 OBPM, minus-1.0 DBPM) sitting this one out with a nagging groin injury?<br /><br />Because suckas gotta know, I went back and looked at the results for the all the “getaway” games the day before the All-Star break, covering the past eight seasons. Here’s the skinny:</p><ul> <li><strong><em>2017-18:</em></strong> Over 2-0</li> <li><strong><em>2016-17:</em></strong> Under 2-0</li> <li><strong><em>2015-16:</em> </strong>Under 2-0</li> <li><strong><em>2014-15:</em></strong> Over 1-0</li> <li><strong><em>2013-14:</em> </strong>Tied 1-1</li> <li><strong><em>2012-13:</em></strong> Over 2-0</li> <li><strong><em>2011-12:</em></strong> Under 3-1</li> <li><strong><em>2010-11:</em> </strong>Over 2-0</li></ul><p><br />Let’s see, carry the one... that’s 9-8 for the "over" if I’m not mistaken. Nothing earth-shattering there, but all the more reason to avoid jumping at whatever total pops up on Thursday’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a>.</p><h2><strong>Anyone For Enes</strong></h2><p>Iremarkable how bald-faced the Knicks are with their latest tank job. Enes Kanter (plus-1.3 OBPM, minus-0.2 DBPM) was just too good – or perhaps too politically volatile – to play for New York. They also waived Wes Matthews (plus-0.3 OBPM, minus-1.1 DBPM in Dallas) after scooping him up in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Heaven forbid we should have any veteran shooters on this team.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Will always remember you for your passion &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Enes_Kanter?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@Enes_Kanter&lt;/a&gt;! Thank you! &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/J8r6kCo0qG\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/J8r6kCo0qG&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— KnicksNation (@KnicksNation) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/KnicksNation/status/1093632456899682305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;February 7, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]<br /><br />Atlanta doesn’t get a free pass here. They’ve cut ties with Jeremy Lin (plus-0.3 OBPM, minus-2.6 DBPM), as so many teams have before. But at least they’ve got some spunk with rookies Trae Young (0.0 OBPM, minus-3.1 DBPM) and John Collins (plus-3.1 OBPM, minus-1.6 DBPM). And it wouldn’t surprise us if the Knicks find themselves ... <em>distracted</em> while they’re in Atlanta. You know what I’m talking about. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat. Enjoy the All-Star break, and may the sphere be with you.</p>
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