The Atlanta Hawks visit the Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Both the Hawks and Nets are 4-3 this season, with the two teams set to compete as NBA Eastern Conference contenders in 2021-22. Trae Young (knee) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (back) are probable for the Hawks, with John Collins (foot) listed as questionable. Nicolas Claxton (illness) joins Kyrie Irving (not with team) as out for the Nets.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Brooklyn. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Nets as five-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 216.5 in the latest Hawks vs. Nets odds. Before you make any Nets vs. Hawks picks or NBA predictions, you need see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned almost $9,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model finished up almost $600 on its top-rated picks last season and enters Week 3 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 106-71 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Hawks vs. Nets and locked in its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s NBA picks. Here are several NBA odds betting lines for Hawks vs. Nets:
- Hawks vs. Nets spread: Nets -5
- Hawks vs. Nets over-under: 216.5 points
- Hawks vs. Nets money line: Nets -210, Hawks +175
- ATL: The Hawks are 3-4 against the spread this season
- BKN: The Nets are 3-4 against the spread in 2021-22
Why the Hawks can cover
Atlanta has real strengths on both sides of the floor. The Hawks are a top-10 offensive team, led by Young, and Atlanta is a top-eight team in both offensive rebound rate (29.7 percent) and free throw percentage (81.5 percent). The Hawks are generating more than 24 assists per game, a top-10 figure, and Atlanta limits turnovers well, committing only 13.1 giveaways per game.
On the defensive side, Clint Capela anchors a balanced group, and defensive rebounding should be a key. The Hawks are a top-five team in defensive rebound rate at 76.2 percent this season, and the Nets are currently the NBA’s worst offensive rebounding team, grabbing only 19.6 percent of their own misses. Atlanta is above-average in both field goal shooting and 3-point shooting allowed, with multiple options to throw at defending Kevin Durant and James Harden throughout the contest.
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn has the best player on the court in Durant, with the former MVP averaging 27.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor this season. Brooklyn’s offense is off to a slow start compared to last season, but the Nets led the NBA in offensive efficiency a year ago, and Brooklyn has tremendous firepower. Atlanta also struggles in some key defensive areas, ranking near the bottom of the league in turnover creation and free throw prevention.
Defensively, Brooklyn has been stingy to open the season, including top-three marks in the NBA in field goal percentage allowed (42.0 percent) and two-point percentage allowed (47.6 percent). Opponents are generating only 20.9 assists per game against the Nets this season, and the Hawks have scuffled when playing away from Atlanta in the early going.
How to make Hawks vs. Nets picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the point total, projecting 215 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Nets vs. Hawks picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Hawks vs. Nets? And which side of the spread hits in nearly 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Hawks vs. Nets spread you need to jump on Wednesday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.