It’s a battle of struggling Eastern Conference teams down in the Peach State. The Brooklyn Nets are on the road as they travel to face the Atlanta Hawks Friday night. Brooklyn dropped their third straight as they were pasted 114-80 by the Pistons at home Wednesday night. Atlanta snapped a four game slide by beating Denver 110-97 on the road Wednesday night. The Hawks own a 100-74 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The Nets have won four of the last five meetings, including two of three this season.
Line: Atlanta -3
Brooklyn Nets Try to Beat Hawks For Fifth Time in Six Games
Brooklyn, after playing back to back games down to the wire against division foes that they lost by a combined three points, was blown out of the water by the Pistons for their third straight loss. The Nets look to regroup as they attempt to win the season series with the Hawks. Brooklyn was down eight after the opening quarter and then was outscored 29-15 in the second to trail by 22 at the half. Things only got worse from there for the Nets in the game. Brooklyn shot 36.5 percent from the floor and went 12 of 37 from three point range while getting beaten 54-35 on the glass. The Nets also turned the ball over 17 times: Allen Crabbe led the team with 20 points in the loss.
The Nets are 14th in the league in scoring offense with 105.9 points per game. Brooklyn is 4th in the league on the glass by collecting 45.7 rebounds per game. The Nets are 18th in the league in assists with 22.2 dimes per contest. Brooklyn is 26th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 108.9 points a game. D’Angelo Russell is the team’s leading scorer with 20.9 points plus 5.7 assists per contest: he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery November 11 and is expected back in early to mid-January. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson adds 14.7 points a night while DeMarre Carroll chips in 12.4 points and 6.7 rebounds a contest. Allen Crabbe (12 points) and Caris LeVert (12 points) are perimeter oriented options on the offensive end. Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie (13.2 points, 6.4 assists), Nik Stauskas, Jahlil Okafor and Timofey Mozgov are key pieces in Kenny Atkinson’s rotation. The Nets are 30th in the league by shooting 43.6 percent from the floor. Brooklyn is 3rd in the league by sinking 11.9 triples per contest. The Nets are 28th in the league in three point shooting as they shoot 34.9 percent from long range.
Atlanta Hawks Seek Second Straight Win in Return Home
Atlanta snapped a four game skid and salvaged the finale of their five game road trip by taking down the Nuggets on the road. The Hawks now return home and look for their second straight victory, in addition to a split of the season series between the teams. Atlanta led by nine after the opening quarter and by five after three quarters before outscoring Denver 28-19 in the fourth to pull away late. The Hawks shot an even 50 percent from the field and knocked down 12 of their 27 three point attempts in the contest. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 19 points and 10 assists in the win.
The Hawks are 19th in the league in scoring offense with 104 points per game this season. Atlanta is 26th in the league in rebounding (40.5 rpg) and 5th with 23.7 assists per contest. The Hawks are 24th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 108.2 points per game. Dennis Schroder leads the team with 19.7 points plus 6.6 assists per contest. Marco Belinelli contributes 11.8 points plus two assists, Taurean Prince kicks in 13.1 points plus 5.6 rebounds a game and John Collins adds 10.8 points with 6.7 rebounds per contest. Dewayne Dedmon (10.7 points, 7.6 boards), Ersan Ilyasova, Malcolm Delaney, Kent Bazemore (12.5 points, 1.83 steals) and Mike Muscala have to contribute on the offensive end. The Hawks are tied for 18th in the league by shooting 45.3 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is 12th in the league with 10.9 made three pointers a night and 6th in three point shooting as the team hits 37.6 percent from beyond the arc.
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast
- Nets are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference
- Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall
- Hawks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days
The Hawks return home after their five game trip but they’ve been terrible most of the season. Atlanta has to find a way to get back on track but at least they’re getting healthy: Dedmon recently returned to the lineup to add some depth to the frontcourt. Brooklyn was waffled by the Pistons and lost three straight coming into this game. The Nets are looking to get Russell back in the near future which should help them out. Even on the road, you have to give Brooklyn the upper hand here as Atlanta has been woeful all season.