Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets - 12/21/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn -8.5
Taurean Waller-Prince and the Brooklyn Nets (15-13, 4th in the Atlantic Division) play the Atlanta Hawks (6-23, 5th in the Southeast Division) at Barclays Center on Saturday, December 21, 2019. Atlanta opens this matchup as 8.5 point dogs. The total has been set at 232.
The Hawks are covering the spread 44.8% of the time, having gone 13-16-0 ATS. Brooklyn covers the spread 53.6% of the time, going 15-13-0 against the spread.
Key Atlanta Hawks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
12/19/2019 David Nwaba SG Achilles Out for the season
12/19/2019 Caris LeVert SG Thumb Expected to be out until at least Dec 21
12/18/2019 Nicolas Claxton PF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Dec 21
12/16/2019 Kyrie Irving PG Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Dec 21
10/31/2019 Kevin Durant SF Achilles Out for the season
Jabari Parker comes into this game averaging 16.0 points per contest while playing 27.3 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.4 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.9 assists per game. His FG percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is 73%. Trae Young averages 28.4 points per contest in 35.4 minutes per game. He averages 8.5 assists per game and 4.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% for the season while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Taurean Waller-Prince scores 12.4 points per contest while playing 30.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.5 rebounds per contest and has 2.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is at 75%. Spencer Dinwiddie averages 22.1 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 30.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 2.8 rebounds per game and has 6.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Atlanta averages 108.4 points per contest, which is 20th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -10.0 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 21st. From 3-point territory they shoot 32%, which is good for 30th in the NBA. They average 41.8 boards per contest and 23.5 assists per game, which ranks them 28th and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 1st with 17.2 per game. The Hawks allow 118.4 points per contest, which is 28th in the NBA. They also surrender a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 27th and 18th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.4 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd, and they allow 24.9 assists per game which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 16.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Brooklyn is 14th in the NBA with 111.5 points per contest this season. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -0.21. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 25th in the league. They are 3rd in the NBA in rebounding with 48.2 boards per contest and 15th in assists per game with 23.9. The Nets are 10th in turnovers per contest with 15.9. The Nets give up 111.7 points per game, which ranks them 19th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 5th and 17th in those defensive statistics. They rank 3rd with 21.8 dimes allowed per game and 16th with 45.8 boards surrendered per contest. The Nets are 5th in the league in forcing turnovers with 13.4 per contest this year.
The Hawks are 28th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.5, and their defensive rating of 114.2 is ranked 28th. In terms of pace they are 9th in the league with 102.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 25th. As a team they are 23rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 15th in the league. Atlanta is 2nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 5th in the league.
Brooklyn is 11th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 25th in the NBA. The Nets are 19th in the league in defensive rating with 108.1, and their offensive rating of 107.9 is ranked 13th. They are 10th in the NBA in pace with 102.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 20th. As a unit they are 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Hawks/Nets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Brooklyn -8.5
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