Hawks vs. Knicks Prediction
The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks are among the worst teams in the NBA right now. Which one has the edge when the two meet tonight at 7:30PM ET?
505 Atlanta Hawks vs. 506 New York Knicks
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
7:30PM ET – Madison Square Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Knicks are the slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Hawks. The over/under total for the game is listed at 221 points. The public betting currently has 60 percent going on the Hawks as the road underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Hawks compete with Lakers
Atlanta is coming off a 101-96 loss at home to the Lakers on Sunday. It was the team’s fourth straight loss, but they did manage to cover an 11.5-point spread in the defeat. Atlanta is 6-21 on the season, 3-11 on the road, 12-15 against the spread and 15-12 with the over.
The Hawks are struggling on both sides of the floor this year. The offense is averaging 108.1 points per game while shooting just 44.9 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Hawks are allowing 117.8 points per game while opponents shoot 47.5 percent against them. Trae Young is leading the team with 27.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Jabari Parker is adding 16 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.
Knicks return home
New York wrapped up a four-game West Coast road trip on Sunday with a 111-105 loss at Denver. The Knicks went 2-2 straight up and 3-1 against the spread on the road trip. New York is now 6-21 on the season, 3-10 at home, 14-13 against the spread and 17-10 with the under.
The Knicks have really struggled offensively this year, scoring just 101.2 points per game while shooting only 42.4 percent from the field. Defensively, New York is giving up 111.1 points per game while opponents shoot 46.5 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from the arc. Marcus Morris Sr. is leading the team this season with 18.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Julius Randle is adding 17.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Hawks are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog.
The Knicks are 14-30 against the spread in their last 44 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as a favorite.
These two have yet to meet this season. The Knicks struggling this year isn’t too surprising, but the Hawks had some expectations to be a playoff contender this year. Trae Young is clearly a scorer, but a suspension to John Collins hasn’t helped their efforts. New York actually played pretty well on their road trip. Can they take that momentum and use it at home against a struggling Atlanta team? It’s hard to trust the Knicks as a favorite against anyone, but they are at home. It’s hard to pick the Hawks against anyone right now in a game that is pretty much a straight-up pick.
NBA Prediction: New York Knicks -1.5