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Brooklyn Nets Look To Return To Winning Ways Against Atlanta Hawks

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/15/2014 7:49:06 PM

The Brooklyn Nets were on a six game winning streak before losing by 18 to the Toronto Raptors last Saturday. This means they’ve had almost a week off to recuperate, and are also looking to begin another winning streak to prove they’re the real deal. Their opponent is the Atlanta Hawks, a team that is 20-18 and the current four seed in the Eastern Conference. The Nets would be out of the playoffs if the season ended today, but they can turn their season around if they get hot once more and rack off another six straight victories.

Brooklyn Nets @ Atlanta Hawks
Thursday, January 16, 2014 – 3 PM ET
Odds: Hawks -4

What To Watch For From The Brooklyn Nets

Although being just one game removed from a six game winning streak, the Nets come in as a small four-point underdog according to the sports books. They have gone with a smaller lineup since losing Brooke Lopez for the season, and Shawn Livingston has stepped up nicely to keep this team contending. In the month of January Livingston is average 10 points and five rebounds per game from the point position, and has even blocked his fair share of shots as well. Livingston’s play has also helped cushion the blow of losing Deron Williams to an ankle injury, but I don’t think it’s enough to push them past the Hawks on Thursday night.

What To Watch For From The Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season as big man Al Horford went down with a torn pectoral muscle and is lost for the season. This means Paul Milsap is the team’s lone dominant big man and he’s averaging just 17 points and eight rebounds per game. That means this matchup will feature guards instead of forwards and right now the arrow seems to be favoring the Hawks. They are led at the point by the emerging Jeff Teague who is averaging 16 points and nearly eight assists per game in his fourth NBA season, and is helped greatly by the three-point shooting of swingman Kyle Korver.

Outlook

Neither team will be running away with this game, but the Hawks have the personnel to hold a lead throughout. They can get hot if Korver starts hitting three’s and they can maintain the lead by feeding the ball down low to Milsap. The Nets on the other hand are dealing with injuries to their two best players while they continue to give more minutes to their aging stars. With just a four-point spread in this game, however, I am going with the Hawks as my sports betting pick because of the combined play of Teague and Korver.

Pick: Hawks

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