New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. It’s the 2nd meeting of the season between the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks as they clash tonight at Madison Square Garden. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
New York Knicks
New York will be looking to even the regular season series with the Hawks as Atlanta beat them 112-99 earlier this season. Dejounte Murray dropped 36 points on them that game, so the primary focus here will be to slow down Murray. The defense worked well in their last game as they held the Cavaliers to just 81 points on under 35% shooting from the field, but I’m curious to see if they can repeat that performance against the high scoring Hawks.
Over the last 9 regular season meetings the Knicks have won 7 of them, but they are currently on a 2-game slide in head-to-head meetings with the Hawks. With just 5 wins in 12 game at MSG this season, they are one of the more mediocre home teams we have in the NBA right now.
Atlanta plays a contrasting style when on the road this season. They have a losing record of 5-6 away from home, and are coming off a disappointing 121-114 loss to Oklahoma City. Trae Young’s shooting woes continued as he made only 6 of 19 shots from the field, including just 1 for 7 from three-point land.
He’s had a problem with his shoulder for quite some time now, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Hawks decided to shut him down until he heals up, because at this point he’s hurting the team more than he’s contributing. Hawks are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs Eastern Conference teams, they’ve also covered only once in 5 games against Atlantic Division opponents. De’Andre Hunter and John Collins are still nowhere near coming back as they heal from thigh and ankle injuries.
It’s got to be the Knicks here, right? They have home court advantage, Trae Young will receive another warm welcome from the Knicks faithful here, until I see him take better care of his shot selection, I’m betting against the Hawks. Take New York to cover.
New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Predictions & Odds
Atlanta and New York have combined to go 15-8 on the O/U in road and home games this season, so just by that stat we could be in for a high scoring game here. The Hawks just allowed over 120 points against a fairly mediocre offensive team in Oklahoma City, the Knicks play a similar style to the Thunder which is alarming for any Hawks fans out there.
Both of these teams rank in the top 10 when it comes to pace as well, while on defense New York is only 20th in efficiency which opens up the door for a high scoring night for the road team. The last 3 meetings have averaged 221.3 points per game with the over cashing twice, I’m expecting more of the same tonight so let’s back the over.