Atlanta Hawks (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U) vs. Brooklyn Nets (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 2-0 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, October 22, 2017, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, 3:30 pm ET
Line: Brooklyn -3; Over/Under: 218
A pair of Eastern Conference foes expected to be on the outside looking in when the playoffs begin several months from now battle in Gotham. The Atlanta Hawks continue their season opening road trip as they take on the Brooklyn Nets Sunday afternoon. Atlanta was defeated 109-91 at Charlotte Friday night to drop to the .500 mark. Brooklyn outgunned Orlando 126-121 at home Friday night to even their mark on the young season. The Hawks hold a 99-72 edge in the all-time regular season series between the teams but split four meetings last season. Brooklyn claimed a 91-82 win here in the last meeting on April 2.
Atlanta Hawks Seek Offensive Consistency
Atlanta had a solid showing in their opener against Dallas but those good vibes dissipated in a hurry against the Hornets. The Hawks again let a double digit lead slip away: against the Mavericks, they led by 11 at the half before seeing the game tied after three quarters. In this one, they held a 10 point lead after the opening quarter and a seven point edge at the half before getting outscored 60-35 in the second half of the contest. Atlanta shot just 37.9 percent from the floor and went a dismal 7 of 30 from beyond the arc while taking a 57-38 beating on the glass. Dennis Schroder paced the Hawks with 25 points in the loss.
The Hawks are 14th in the league in scoring offense with 107 points per game this season. Atlanta is tied for 17th in the league in rebounding (44 rpg) and tied for 25th with 19.5 assists per contest. The Hawks are 18th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 110 points per game. Dennis Schroder leads the team with 26.5 points plus six assists per contest. Marco Belinelli contributes 12.5 points plus 3.5 boards, Taurean Prince kicks in 12 points plus eight rebounds a game and Dewayne Dedmon adds 10 points with seven rebounds per contest. John Collins, Ersan Ilyasova, Malcolm Delaney, Kent Bazemore and Mike Muscala have to contribute on the offensive end. The Hawks are tied for 16th in the league by shooting 44.4 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is tied for 22nd in the league with eight made three pointers a night and tied for 18th in three point shooting as the team hits a paltry 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Brooklyn Nets Shoot for Second Straight Home Win
Brooklyn lost Jeremy Lin for the season more than likely in their season opening loss to the Pacers with a torn patellar tendon. The Nets simply regrouped and had a balanced scoring attack to take down the Magic in a high scoring affair. Brooklyn led by three at the half and trailed by two after three quarters before outscoring the Magic 37-30 in the fourth. The Nets shot an even 50 percent from the floor and went 9 of 27 from beyond the arc while forcing 22 Orlando turnovers. Brooklyn still has work to do defensively as they allowed the Magic to shoot 50.6 percent from the field, including 18 of 33 from three point range. Trevor Booker (11 rebounds), DeMarre Carroll and D’Angelo Russell each had 17 to lead six Nets in double figures: three other players had nine points.
The Nets are 1st in the league in scoring offense with 128.5 points per game. Brooklyn is tied for 12th in the league on the glass by collecting 45.5 rebounds per game. The Nets are tied for 12th in the league in assists with 22 dimes per contest. Brooklyn is dead last in the league in scoring defense as they allow 130.5 points a game. D’Angelo Russell is the team’s leading scorer with 23.5 points plus 5.5 assists per contest. Trevor Booker posts 18.5 points plus 10.5 rebounds a game, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson adds 14.5 points a night while DeMarre Carroll chips in 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a contest. Allen Crabbe (10.5 points) and Caris LeVert (10.5 points) are perimeter oriented options on the offensive end. Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie and Timofey Mozgov are key pieces in Kenny Atkinson’s rotation. The Nets are tied for 5th in the league by shooting 48.9 percent from the floor. Brooklyn is tied for 12th by sinking 10.5 triples per contest. The Nets are 14th in the league in three point shooting as they shoot 36.8 percent from long range.
- Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games
- Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast
This one is about consistency, which is funny to say after two games of an 82 game season. Atlanta looked solid offensively in their opener and then couldn’t hit water falling out of a boat against Charlotte. While the Nets have been atrocious defensively, and there is no way of sugarcoating that, they lead the league in offense! When’s the last time you could say that: when Dr. J was leading them in the ABA? Brooklyn is a young team with a lot of talent: if they can play on the defensive end with any kind of skill level representing a league average team, they could surprise people. As it stands, Atlanta isn’t bowling anyone over right now: give the points and take the Nets in another likely barnburner.