Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 12/30/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+6.5)
The Atlanta Hawks (3-0) head to Barclays Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Brooklyn Nets (2-2). Atlanta opens this matchup as 6.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 239.5.
The Atlanta Hawks faced the Detroit Pistons and walked away with a win by a score of 128-120 in their last contest. Atlanta finished the game having earned a 48.8% field goal percentage (40 of 82) and made 20 out of their 42 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Hawks knocked down 28 of their 32 tries for a rate of 87.5%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 45 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 30 assists for the game while having 5 steals and 7 blocked shots. When it comes to defending, Atlanta allowed 43.9% from the floor on 43 of 98 shooting. Detroit totaled 24 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. On top of that, the Pistons totaled 48 rebounds (17 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Detroit finished the contest at 87.5% from the charity stripe by converting 21 of 24 attempts. They converted 13 out of their 41 shots from long range.
Trae Young is one player who was a factor in this matchup. He scored 29 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He played 32:55 minutes and snagged 3 rebounds. Young ended up shooting 46.2% from the floor and also recorded 6 assists. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Hawks was Bogdan Bogdanović. He snagged 5 rebounds and also accounted for 5 dimes. He ended up going 60.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 6-of-10 (17 points). Overall, Bogdanović played 30:27 minutes.
Atlanta steps onto the court with a mark of 3-0 this year. They are losing possession via turnover 17.0 times per contest and as a team they are committing 23.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Atlanta is snagging 48.3 rebounds per game and has racked up 77 assists for the year, which ranks 10th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Hawks are shooting 41.6% on 3-pointers (47 of 113) and 85.9% from the charity stripe. They average 124.7 pts per game (1st in the NBA) while shooting 48.2% from the field. Defensively, the Hawks are forcing 11.7 turnovers every game and they draw 24.7 fouls. They concede 28.6% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 14th in basketball in PPG allowed (112.0). The Hawks defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 41.7% (35 of 74) and they concede 43.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 6th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 64 conceded this year.
For their last game, the Brooklyn Nets went home defeated by a final of 116-111 when they played the Memphis Grizzlies. The Nets recorded 37 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 50 in the game. They rejected 6 attempts while getting 13 steals for this game. The Grizzlies earned 17 fouls in this game which got the Nets to the free throw line for 17 shots. They were able to bury 15 of those for a rate of 88.2%. When talking about shooting from beyond the arc, Brooklyn made 14 of 42 attempts (33.3%). Overall, the Nets ended up going 41 for 100 from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.0%. The Nets permitted the Grizzlies to make 42 out of their 98 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.9% in the matchup. They went 34.5% from three-point range by hitting 10 of 29 and finished the game at 22 of 29 at the free throw line (75.9%). Regarding rebounding, Brooklyn allowed Memphis to pull down 56 overall (16 on the offensive side).
Caris LeVert ended up having an impact for the Nets for the contest. He made 12 out of 29 in the game for a field goal rate of 41.4%, which gave him 28 points. LeVert pulled down 4 rebounds in his 38:11 mins of time on the court and earned 11 assists for the contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Brooklyn was Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot. He left the arena with 21 points in 39:53 minutes played by going 7 out of 17 shooting in the game. Luwawu-Cabarrot ended up shooting 41.2% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Brooklyn has a win-loss record of 2-2 this year. Brooklyn has earned 463 points so far this year (115.8 per game) and they collect 49.0 rebounds per contest. The Nets have committed 20.3 personal fouls per contest while shooting 80.0% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Nets are hitting on 45.4% from the floor, which ranks 18th in the NBA. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.0 times per contest (15th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 18.0 times per contest. The Nets on the defensive side of the court are 3rd in the league in points given up per game with 104.0. They are forcing their opponents into 16.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 40.7% from the floor (1st in basketball). The Brooklyn defense surrenders 30.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (38 of 123) and their opposition knocks down 68.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 26.0 assists and 50.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 20th and 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Brooklyn (-6.5)
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