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#1561 New York Knicks vs.
#1562 Atlanta Hawks
Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 7:40pm EST
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Written by Blake V.

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Atlanta will try to remain one of the hottest teams in the NBA when it hosts New York on Saturday night. The Hawks extended their winning streak to seven games with a blowout win at Memphis on Friday night. The Knicks have now alternated between wins and losses in their last seven games, with the latest being a loss to Phoenix on Friday.

Rose questionable with ankle injury

New York got off to a 5-1 start this season, which was a great way to build on an excellent 2020-21 campaign. The Knicks have not been able to get anything going since then, though. They have not recorded consecutive wins since that 5-1 start, losing nine of their last 13 games. Their most recent outing came at home against Phoenix on Friday night, where the Suns went on the road and picked up a 118-97 win. Phoenix has now won 15 consecutive games, so the Knicks have the ill fortune of facing two hot teams in a row.

New York comes into this game ranked No. 18 in the NBA in points per game, averaging 107.2 per outing. Power forward Julius Randle leads the team with 20.4 points and is completing his double-double average with 10.3 boards per game. Shooting guard RJ Barrett is scoring 14.8 points, while shooting guard Evan Fournier is scoring 12.8. Veteran point guard Derrick Rose is adding 12.0 points per game off the bench, but he is questionable for this game with an ankle injury. Point guard Kemba Walker is scoring 11.4 points and will have to play a bigger role if Rose can’t play. The Knicks are facing an Atlanta defense that ranks No. 21, allowing 108.6 points per game.

Hawks trying to extend hot streak

Atlanta has been trending in the opposite direction as New York to open the season. The Hawks went 4-9 through their first 13 games, but they have rattled off seven consecutive games since then. They have not only been winning games, but they have also covered the spread in six of those seven victories. Atlanta is coming off what was probably its best performance of the year, blowing out Memphis on the road on Friday night. The Hawks took the lead five minutes into the game and never trailed again. They shot 48.1% from beyond the arc and outrebounded Memphis 49-36.

The Hawks are led by an offense that ranks sixth in the NBA, averaging 110.3 points per game. They are paced by star point guard Trae Young, who is pouring in 25.3 points and is dishing out a team-high 9.1 assists per game. Power forward John Collins is scoring 16.6 points and is pulling down 7.9 rebounds, while shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is adding 12.3 points. Center Clint Capela is averaging a double-double with 11.3 points and 12.0 rebounds. The Hawks are currently without small forward Deandre Hunter, who is sidelined with a wrist injury. Atlanta is going to face a New York defense that is No. 18, allowing 106.4 points per game.

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New York continues to struggle to get anything going this season. The Knicks have been as inconsistent and disappointing as any team in the NBA. They are not dealing with any major injuries, but they have not had the same success that they experienced last year. Atlanta is one of the hottest teams in the league and is playing well on both ends of the court. The Hawks have covered the spread in four of their last five games against the Knicks and are coming into this home game with a ton of momentum.

Prediction: Atlanta -5

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New York’s struggles have really stemmed from an inability to score on the offensive end. The Knicks are not converting many of their attempts from the perimeter. However, they continue to play well on the defensive end of the court, which has made them a team that is heavily correlated with the under. New York has gone under in eight of its last nine games, including each of its last five on the road. These teams have played under in four of their last five head-to-head meetings.

Prediction: Under 218
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Written By Blake Von Hagen , "Blake V."

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Blake is also an avid sports being expert and you would not be disappointed in following him on a daily basis. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
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