Sunday, October 17 2021

The Atlanta Hawks will battle the New York Knicks at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Nevada as part of the NBA Summer League on Monday night.

This game will mark the Summer League finale for both teams. Atlanta enters its final game in Las Vegas with a 2-2 record while New York is 3-2 through five games.

Can the Knicks take down the Hawks at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Monday evening?

Johnson, Mays Look To Finish Off Summer League Strong For Hawks

The Hawks improved to 2-2 during the NBA Summer League on Saturday with a 94-90 victory versus the Miami Heat. Rookie guard Skylar Mays continued his hot shooting during the Summer League, finishing with a team-high 26 points and nine assists on the night while fellow rookie first-round pick Jalen Johnson chipped in 25 points and seven boards in the win. 

Johnson, a standout at Duke, is off to a strong start in Las Vegas. He comes in averaging 19.0 points per game while shooting 57.4 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Mays isn’t far behind, averaging 18.8 points and 3.8 assists per contest.

As a team, the Hawks come into their final Summer League game averaging 87.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting from the field. However, they’ve struggled from beyond the arc, knocking down just 31.6 percent of their 3-point shots in Las Vegas. 

Rookie Guards Lead Knicks To Win Over Cavs

New York bounced back with a 103-94 victory versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Rookie guard Quentin finished with a team-high 28 points and filled up the stat sheet with six rebounds, five assists and six made 3-pointers on the night. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Miles McBride chipped in 23 points, four boards, and five assists for New York. 

Both Grimes and McBridge were considered reaches at their relative draft position but the rookie guards have performed well in their first taste of NBA Summer League action. Grimes, who was selected with the 25th pick in the draft, was projected to fall to the second-round by most analysts. Meanwhile, McBride was selected with pick No. 36 in the second-round for his hard-nosed style and scoring ability.

The Knicks have two of the Summer League’s top scorers in budding stars Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin. Toppin has flashed his all-around skill set in Las Vegas, averaging 23 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the field and 35.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc on more than six (6.2) attempts per game. Meanwhile, Quickley has also been a player to watch at the Summer League, averaging 21.8 points and eight assists per game through four contests.

As a team, New York has averaged 90.8 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting a healthy 35.2 percent shooting from 3-point range in Las Vegas.

NBA Summer League Betting Preview 

The Knicks come into their final Summer League game favored by four points and the total is set at a modest 174.5 points. Bovada sportsbook has set the Knicks as money line favorites with -185 odds and money line bettors can squeeze a little more value out of Atlanta at +165. 

NBA Betting Trends

Trends can be valuable information for bettors looking to improve their NBA betting strategy.

Below is a shortlist of trends for the NBA Summer League. 

New York

  • Knicks are 3-1 in their last four Summer League games
  • Knicks have scored at least 90 points in three of their last four Summer League games

Atlanta

  • Hawks are 2-1 in their last three Summer League games
  • Hawks have scored at least 80 points in each of their last four Summer League games

NBA Summer League Betting Predictions

Below, you can find more NBA betting predictions and analysis for the NBA Summer League.

NBA Summer League Spread Prediction:

New York has been trending up towards the end of its tenure in Las Vegas. The Knicks have been on a roll as of late, scoring 90 points or more in three of their last four games and they are fresh off of topping the century mark in their previous contest versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. With backcourt depth and a go-to scorer in Toppin, the Knicks have been one of the more well-rounded Summer League squads. Meanwhile, Atlanta has a young team that doesn’t attempt a lot of 3-pointers and has shot the ball poorly from deep in Las Vegas. Take the Knicks to cover the spread in their final Summer League game on Monday night.

NBA Summer League Money Line Prediction:

The Knicks have one of the more experienced Summer League rosters. Quickley and Toppin have flashed their development in Las Vegas and look to have graduated from their rookie status a year ago. However, New York also has a deep backcourt with several ball handlers that can create their own shot. With Grimes and McBride also playing well, it’s hard not to like New York’s chances of closing out the Summer League with a win in this spot. Take the Knicks to come out on top in their Summer League finale on Monday night.

NBA Summer League Total Prediction:

The total for this game is set at 174.5 points but that number seems to be set a little low in this spot. New York has been on fire offensively over the last few games. They’ve scored at least 90 points in three of their last four games and are coming off of their best offensive performance at the Summer League. Meanwhile, the Hawks are coming off of their highest-scoring performance in Las Vegas as well. Take this game to go over the projected total on Monday evening. 

Source: Basketball Insider

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