New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 1/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Monday, January 4, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+7.5)
The New York Knicks (3-3) travel to State Farm Arena on Monday where they'll meet the Atlanta Hawks (4-2). New York opens this game as 7.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 224.5.
The New York Knicks took the court against the Indiana Pacers and walked away with a win by a score of 106-102 in their last contest. New York wrapped up the contest having earned a 50.6% field goal percentage (42 out of 83) and made 12 of 27 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Knicks knocked down 10 of their 13 tries for a rate of 76.9%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 51 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 23 assists in this game while earning 4 steals and 3 rejections. In regard to the defense, New York allowed the other team to shoot 40.5% from the field on 34 of 84 shooting. Indiana earned 22 assists and had 6 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Pacers pulled down 32 rebounds (5 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 4 rejections. Indiana finished the game shooting 83.3% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of 18 attempts. They converted 19 out of their 50 shots from beyond the arc.
RJ Barrett is one guy who was a factor in this game. He scored 25 points on 8 out of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 42:16 minutes and totaled 5 boards. Barrett finished 53.3% from the floor and earned 3 dimes. Another guy that had an impact in the game for the Knicks was Elfrid Payton. He grabbed 8 rebounds and also accounted for 5 dimes. He finished the game at 47.1% from the field in this contest by shooting 8-of-17 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, Payton was on the court for 33:42 minutes.
New York will enter this contest with a record of 3-3 for the campaign. They are averaging 101.7 points per outing (30th in the league) while connecting on 44.7% from the floor. The Knicks are shooting 37.8% from downtown (65 of 172) and 74.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, New York is grabbing 47.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 138 dimes so far this year, which is 14th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 17.8 times per game and as a unit they commit 21.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Knicks are forcing 12.7 turnovers every game and they draw 20.7 personal fouls. They surrender 29.1% from beyond the arc and they are 5th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (104.7). The Knicks defense is allowing a FG percentage of 42.9% (76 of 124) and they relinquish 44.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 18th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 137 relinquished this season.
When they last played, the Atlanta Hawks took a loss by a score of 96-91 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hawks were able to pull down 33 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for the matchup. They also turned away 5 attempts while recording 9 steals in the matchup. The Cavaliers committed 21 fouls in the matchup which got the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 19 shots. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throws for a rate of 52.6%. Concerning shooting from beyond the arc, Atlanta converted 11 of their 32 tries (34.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Hawks walked away from this one shooting 35 for 85 from the field which had them shooting 41.2%. The Hawks permitted the Cavaliers to make 38 out of their 91 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 41.8% in the matchup. They finished shooting 24.1% from downtown by shooting 7 of 29 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%). When discussing rebounds, Atlanta allowed Cleveland to grab 46 in all (15 on the offensive side).
De'Andre Hunter ended up having an impact for the Hawks in this game. He made 5 of 11 in the matchup for a rate of 45.5%, which got him 17 points. Hunter collected 5 rebounds in his 30:55 mins of playing time and tallied 2 dimes for this contest. Someone else that was important for Atlanta was Trae Young. He ended up finishing with 16 points in 34:06 minutes on the hardwood by way of 6 out of 16 shooting for the contest. Young ended up shooting 37.5% from the floor in addition to totaling 10 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Atlanta has a record of 4-2 so far this year. The Hawks are responsible for committing 21.7 personal fouls per game and they hit 81.4% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 25.0 times per game (11th in basketball) and they are turning it over 16.0 times per game. Atlanta has 720 pts on the season (120.0 per contest) and they pull down 49.2 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Hawks are connecting on 46.6% from the field, which has them ranked 11th in basketball. The Hawks on the defensive end are ranked 19th in the league in points per game surrendered with 112.2. They have relinquished 22.0 assists and 43.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 4th and 10th in the league. The Atlanta defense surrenders 29.6% from downtown (67 of 226) and their opponents are converting on 83.3% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 12.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (7th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York (+7.5)
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