Free NBA Pick: Hawks vs Knicks NBA Odds
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(0-0) Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks (0-0)
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: State Farm Center, Atlanta, Georgia
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: New York -3.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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Although this contest won’t feature two teams expected to play in meaningful games late in the year, both squads will look to feature their Rookie of the Year candidates in an early-season battle.
The Knicks will look to lean on Kevin Knox while Kristaps Porzingis continues his recovery from a torn ACL, while the Hawks are hoping for early returns on Trae Young considering they dealt Euro wunderkind Luka Doncic to acquire the Oklahoma guard in this past June’s draft.
These two face off at 7:30 p.m ET in their first games of the new season.
The Hawks have slowly been rebuilding for years now, but this will be the first season (along with last year, to an extent) where they’re fully embracing it. And that’s a lot easier to do now that they have a piece in Trae Young that they believe can take them into a new era.
Against the Knicks, Atlanta will look to throw Young in the deep end. New York is not a good defensive team, but it will be interesting to see what they look like on that end of the floor under new head coach David Fizdale.
Fiz was always an integral part of the grit-and-grind identity in Memphis, and while it largely had to do with the players his front office gave him, there’s no secret that he wants to put pressure on opposing offenses.
That’s why Young will be such an important piece to watch during this game. The Hawks, simply put, don’t have a ton of other weapons.
If Fizdale and the Knicks are able to take Young out of the game early by forcing him into bad shots, it will be a long night for Atlanta.
New York Knicks
The difference between the Knicks and the Hawks is that New York has some other pieces around Kevin Knox to take the pressure off him.
No, this isn’t exactly a group of All-Stars, but players like Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and others will be offensive pieces that Knox can lean on as needed.
Against Atlanta, Knox should be able to find moderate individual success while leading his team to a more well-rounded performance.
It really just comes down to how well New York can contain a scoring and shooting machine like Young.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-2 in ATL last 10 Wed. games.
- Under is 12-4 in ATL last 16 road games.
- NY are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Wed. games.
- Over is 5-2-1 in NY last 8 vs. NBA Southeast
- Underdog is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
There are really two ways this game could possible play out. A) Trae Young stinks up the court, launching 30-footers left and right with very little success and the Knicks get an easy first win of the season. B) Trae Young connects early and often from deep, keeping this game close from start to finish.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Atlanta ATS
We’re going with the latter. Young should come out looking like the best player on the floor—which will be a testament to just how bad this Hawks team is.
Expect a close game by the end of the fourth quarter, just don’t expect a straight up upset to go along with the underdog ATS victory.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New York Knicks 101 – Atlanta Hawks 99
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