Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks / NBA – Nets and Hawks are welcoming this game in a completely different series, because the Nets lost their last six matches, while the Hawks did not lose for as many matches. Still, the Nets are hoping that they would due to Atlanta's concerns about “making” a new team, manage to achieve their goal, and that is a victory and termination of a series of poor results. Begins: 11.01.2017. – 01:30 CET
The Nets did not won the last six matches, but if we go further, they celebrated only once in the last 12 matches, which is the evidence of their catastrophic form. Only eight wins so far this season and even 28 defeats are not enough to move from the bottom of NBA and they are by far the worst team at the moment. Before this match, they played with the 76ers a derby of the bottom of the East, experienced defeat with 95:105. Lopez was again the most efficient with 26 points, while all other starters have failed, even Bogdanovic, who scored 12 points, but with a poor shot. Guard Lin is still out of the court due to injury.
The Nets have decided to sign a ten-day contract with the power forward Acyem, which caused a dismissal of their former first draft pick Bennett, who failed to fight for a decent playing time in the Nets. Coach Kenny Atkinson is aware that he has no team for great results, and that he overall has up to four quality players. Otherwise, this match against Atlanta will be his first on the bench of the Nets, after he was the assistant to the head coach of the Hawks in the past four seasons. When the Nets are concerned, they are the team with the worst defence in the league and they receive an average of 114 points per game,and without a good defence they can hardly oppose their guests.
Probable lineups Brooklyn Nets: Whitehead, Bogdanovic, Harris, Booker, Lopez
Somehow, in the shadow of the frequent stories about “reshuffling” of the composition and departure of some important players, the Hawks are achieving a victory from match to match and are now currently on the impact of six consecutive triumph. This team is increasingly making its way to the top of the East and they are now with 21 victories and 16 defeats holding the fourth place in their conference. They have a positive score at home and away, so they made 11 wins in 20 matches outside their hall. They still have not met with the Nets this season, but they certainly know their best players and they know where they are facing the greatest danger. Howard will lead the “war” with Lopez, while Millsap (if he does not get sent to another team in the meantime) will have a quality Booker against himself.
They are having the biggest fuss now about Millsap because he is wanted by a lot of teams, but according to the latest information Atlanta will certainly send him somewhere where they could get a good replacement. All this comes only a few days after trades in which the Hawks sent the experienced three pointer Korver in Cleveland, while they in turn got Williams and Dunleavy (supposedly they will immediately buy of his contract and make him a free agent). So, the strange policy of the team that last summer released the first play Teague continues, which signed a big contract with Bazemore and brought center Howard whose career has long been at the peak.
Probable lineups Atlanta Hawks: Schroder, Bazemore, Sefolosha, Millsap, Howard
Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks PICK
This will be the fourth away match in a row for the Hawks, while they previously won all three. The fact is that they are in good shape and they have a big winning series, but the Nets have to find a way out of its crisis and try to play a good match against their guests. It is hard to say whether it will be enough to win, but an equl match would also mean a lot to them.
Pick: Nets +7 points
Odds: 1.96 at Betsson (down to 1.87 can be played)