NBA PICKS: Hawks at Nets
One of your NBA PICKS ANALYSIS FOR THE WEEK is: The Atlanta Hawks and the New Jersey Nets are both coming into this game cold. The Hawks have lost their past two games, and the Nets have lost their past three. However, things look a bit bright for Atlanta because they are currently 5-1 on the road and New Jersey isn’t exactly spectacular on home court with a record of 2-4.
This is an important game for Atlanta because they are just two games out of first place in the East.
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Atlanta is 1-5 against the spread in its last 6 games against the Nets on the road. Their last matchup was on March 16, 2010 in New Jersey and Atlanta won by 24 points.
Look out for Brook Lopez and Al Horford to butt heads. Lopez has a bit more talent than Horford when it comes to offensive mindset, but Horford is continuing to show progress with every season. Lopez averages more than Horford in points, but he’s been struggling with his rebounds this year. He’s going to need to play more aggressively if he wants to maintain pace with the Hawks.
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Look out for Josh Smith against Troy Murphy and Derrick Favors. Smith is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker, and Murph and Favors will have some trouble dealing with him. Smith is currently blocking 2.8 shots per game and stealing 1.4 balls per game, and this will spell trouble for the Nets. In addition, Murphy is currently experiencing the worst season of his NBA career.
In the end, this game will come down to the talent and execution of the interior players. Both teams have great front courts. The rebound differential is likely to play an important role in the results of this game, as well. In the recent past, Atlanta showed some success over New Jersey, but the Nets are now desperately hungry for a win. Pick the Atlanta Hawks, who are the 3.5-point favorites.
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