Atlanta Hawks (8-31) at Brooklyn Nets (17-20)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Barclays Center)
Line/Odds: Nets (-9.5); Over/Under: 226.5
Free NBA Prediction Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets
This will be the third of four meetings between the Nets and Hawks this season. Both of the previous two meetings were won by the Nets on each team’s home floor. This first meeting saw the Nets take a 130-118 win on December 4th in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving out of the lineup, four players for the Nets scored 20 points or more. Garrett Temple led the team in scoring with a season high 27 points and tied a season high with six three-pointers. Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists; Taurean Prince finished with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists; Jarrett Allen finished with a double-double of 20 points on 8/11 shooting and 13 rebounds adding three blocks and two steals. For the Hawks, Trae Young led the team with 39 points and 10 assists while Cam Reddish scored a season/career high 25 points adding six rebounds and three steals.
The second meeting on December 21st saw the Nets take another win by a score of 122-112. Once again, Kyrie Irving was absent for the Brooklyn Nets. Spencer Dinwiddie once again led the Nets in scoring this time with 39 points adding six rebounds and six assists. Garrett Temple scored 25 points giving his second highest scoring output this season. Trae Young led the Hawks this time with 47 points his fourth 40 point game of the season at that time (had six overall). Alex Len came off the bench for the Hawks finishing with a 23 point and 14 rebound double-double.
Kyrie Irving will be back in the Nets’ lineup for the first time since November 14th. In the 11 games Irving has played this season, he averaged 28.5 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds all of which would be career highs if he continued to play averaging these numbers. In his absence, the Nets started off good going 12-6 in their next 18 games. They would then start to struggle going on a seven-game losing streak with three of said losses coming against teams with losing records (Knicks, Timberwolves and Magic). They ended their seven-game slide this past Friday against the Miami Heat winning 117-113 at home. That ended a three-game losing streak on their home floor.
While the Nets will have Kyrie Irving return to their lineup, Trae Young will be out for the Hawks. This will be his fourth missed game this season. The Hawks are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and have lost 14 of their last 16 games. They have lost all six of their games against opponents in the Atlantic division including their two losses to the Brooklyn Nets. They have not done well on the road as they have lost eight of their last nine road games.
Atlanta are 2-14 SU in their last 16 games.
Atlanta are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games against Brooklyn.
Atlanta are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
Brooklyn are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games.
Brooklyn are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the Southeast division.
Brooklyn are 6-4 SU in their last 10 home games.
With Kyrie Irving in the lineup for Brooklyn and Trae Young out of the lineup for Atlanta, this will be a win for Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving could struggle shooting in his first game back in almost two months but I don’t see that impacting the team’s performance. Without Trae Young in the lineup, it could be a struggle for the Hawks on offense. Add in the fact they aren’t a good defensive team to begin with and this could be a rough game for Atlanta. I have Brooklyn taking the win by a wide margin.