The 2021-22 NBA season goes on Saturday, April 2, with five games around the Association, so we have prepared the best Nets vs. Hawks betting pick and odds along with the latest team stats and news.
Brooklyn and Atlanta lock horns for the third and final time this regular season, and the Nets look to sweep the Hawks for the first time since 2018-19. According to FanDuel NY Sportsbook, Brooklyn opened as a small 1-point fave for Saturday’s game, while the totals sit at 241.5 points.
The Nets finished a three-game homestand with a tough loss
The Brooklyn Nets fell to 40-37 straight up and 30-44-3 ATS on the season following a 120-119 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets were listed as slight 2-point home favorites, recording their third defeat in the last five contests. Brooklyn also extended their ATS losing streak to three games.
Kevin Durant topped the scoring chart against the reigning champs. He tallied 26 points on 10-for-21 shooting from the field to go with 11 assists, seven rebounds, and six turnovers. Kyrie Irving added 25 points and five assists, while Bruce Brown posted a fine line of 23 points, five boards, three assists, three blocks, and a steal.
Since KD’s return from an injury list, the Nets have gone 8-6 SU and 6-7-1 ATS. During that 14-game span, they’ve scored 120.7 points per 100 possessions (3rd in the NBA) and yielded 114.6 in a return (tied-16th). Brooklyn is tied with Atlanta and Charlotte for the No. 8 seed in the East, a couple of games off seventh-seeded Cleveland.
The Hawks ride a four-game win streak
The Atlanta Hawks (40-37; 34-43 ATS) extended their SU and ATS winning streak to four games with a 131-107 thrashing of the Cleveland Cavaliers this past Thursday. They never trailed, leading by as many as 33 points.
Trae Young tortured the injury-depleted Cavs for 30 points and nine assists. He turned the ball over only three times, while the Hawks finished with 27 assists and paltry nine turnovers. Atlanta went 17-for-39 from beyond the arc. On the other side, Cleveland made only seven triples out of 30 attempts.
Over their last four games, the Hawks have registered an impressive plus-15.1 net rating. They’ve scored a whopping 129.4 points per 100 possessions (1st in the NBA) and surrendered 114.2 in a return (18th). Atlanta has won nine of its previous 12 contests despite missing John Collins (foot).
- 8-1-1 ATS in the last ten games on the road
- 13-6 ATS in the last 19 games against Atlanta
- 3-6 ATS in the last nine games against the Eastern Conference
- 3-6 ATS in the last nine home games against Brooklyn
Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick
The stakes are high in this one, and the Nets might miss Bruce Brown and Seth Curry, who are questionable due to non-COVID illness. I’m still backing the Nets because both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are ready to go.
The Hawks lack quality stoppers and will struggle to defend KD. Through their first two dates of the season, Durant has averaged 31.5 points on 59.5% shooting from the field. I’m expecting a tight battle down the stretch this time around, and KD should power the Nets past the Hawks.
Pick: Take Brooklyn Nets -1.0 at -115
The over is 5-1 in Atlanta’s last six outings. On the other hand, the under is 4-2 in Brooklyn’s previous six. Both teams have recorded just over 100 possessions per 48 minutes in that six-game span, so don’t be surprised by a 241.5-point line.
Also, neither team has impressed on the defensive end, so we could easily get a proper high-scoring affair. Frankly, I don’t feel comfortable with a sky-high line, and we should see some defense because there’s so much on the table for either side.
Pick: Go under 241.5 at -110