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Tips For Betting On Hawks Nets – It's Personal This Week For Joe Johnson Against Atlanta

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/16/2013 6:19:40 PM

The Brooklyn Nets look to continue their winning ways and rise in the Eastern Conference standings, as Joe Johnson squares off against his former team.

Atlanta Hawks @ Brooklyn Nets – Friday, January 18 
Sport betting line: No line

Why Atlanta Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they won't have to come up with overly complex reasons for a victory by the Hawks. Coming off a blowout loss to Chicago on Monday night, the Hawks – who host the Nets on Wednesday – head to Brooklyn for their second crack at Joe Johnson on Friday. For a team being touted by some as one of the East’s top contenders, the Nets' front line has question marks that the Hawks may be able to exploit. Josh Smith and Al Horford make up one of the Eastern Conference’s better frontcourts, and they'll be going against a Nets front line with Brook Lopez – who has always struggled to rebound – and Kris Humphries, who doesn’t come off as physical. The Hawks have gotten strong guard play from Lou Williams, who came over from the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason.

With the embarrassment of Monday night fresh on their minds and playing a two-game set against a player who spurned the team this offseason, the Hawks should be ready to face Brooklyn on the road, two nights after hosting the Nets in Georgia. This should be a good motivating game for the Hawks. If the Hawks can’t come out playing inspired ball on a night like this, they might as well stop showing up.

Why Brooklyn Will Win

In a hardwood version of poker, NBA basketball teams need to have a dealer they can trust. Deron Williams is the distributor of the ball who can make things happen. Williams and Joe Johnson have a significant advantage over the Hawks backcourt, and one has to imagine the Nets will look to attack that matchup throughout the game. Brook Lopez has given the Nets solid production in the frontcourt at 18.4 points per game with seven rebounds per contest. The Nets have more balance than the Hawks right now, but they also have the best ballhandler on the floor in the person of Williams.

It also has to be said that the Nets have been riding high since Avery Johnson was canned. They even put together a few wins over playoff teams, something they’d hadn’t been doing for the better part of the season. The Nets will have to limit easy baskets for the Hawks, who are 10th in the league in field goal percentage while the Nets are sixth worst in field goal defense. A lot of the Nets' goals in this game can be attained limiting second-chance baskets to Atlanta. The Hawks are one of the weaker offensive rebounding teams in the league, so the Nets are definitely in position to take advantage of the different individual battles in this confrontation.

Who Will Win

The Nets might lose in Atlanta on Wednesday, but if they do, they'll be hungering for revenge on Friday. Take Brooklyn in this game.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Brooklyn

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