We have a nine-game slate in the NBA on Sunday, February 26, and some games will tip off earlier such as this one in Atlanta, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Nets vs. Hawks betting pick and odds.
Brooklyn is hoping to avoid the fifth straight road defeat when they visit Atlanta at State Farm Arena. The Hawks are 5-point favorites on DraftKings NY Sportsbook, while the total is set at N/A points. These conference rivals will meet for the third time this year; the Nets lead the series 2-0.
Nets experienced a catastrophe in Chicago
The Brooklyn Nets (34-25, 29-28-2 ATS) suffered their biggest defeat of the season as they were dismantled by the Chicago Bulls 131-87 on the road. It was a season-low 87 points scored for the Nets, who struggled since the very start of the game and were never ahead. Brooklyn was miserable from the field (37.0%) and committed 13 turnovers opposite Chicago’s nine, while the Bulls dominated the boards (57-31).
Cam Thomas led the Nets with 22 points off the bench. Seth Curry scored 19, Mikal Bridges added 13 points and team-high six rebounds, while Cam Johnson contributed ten points.
PG Ben Simmons was held out of the last contest with left knee soreness, and he will not partake in Sunday’s clash with the Hawks.
Hawks didn’t have trouble with the Cavs in Atlanta
The Atlanta Hawks (30-30, 27-33-0 ATS) returned to a .500 after responding to a two-game losing run with a massive 136-119 home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hawks controlled the tilt since the beginning and created a 24-point lead at halftime. Atlanta was excellent from the floor (58.8%) and from beyond the arc (53.6%), while the hosts were better in both rebounds (42-35) and assists (28-20).
Trae Young led the Hawks with a game-high 34 points and game-high nine assists. Dejounte Murray followed him with 25 points, nine rebounds, and eight dishes, Saddiq Bey added 19 points and four boards, Onyeka Okongwu posted a double-double of 13 points and game-high 11 rebounds, along with a game-high three blocks and two steals, while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Clint Capela scored ten points apiece.
PF/C John Collins was absent from the previous game due to a concussion, and it remains to be seen if he will dress against the Nets on Sunday.
2-7 ATS in the last nine games against Atlanta
1-4 ATS in the last five games when playing on the road against Atlanta
1-4 ATS in the last five Sunday games
9-3 ATS in the last 12 games playing on one day of rest
17-6 ATS in the last 23 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick
Although I expect the Nets to bounce back from a devastating loss to the Bulls, I don’t think they will get a win in Atlanta. Brooklyn already beat the Hawks twice this year, and now it’s time for Atlanta to get a little revenge. Brooklyn is still a mess following trade deadline moves and the Nets have plenty of new players, and even though they managed to win two of five games since Irving and Durant’s departures, things still don’t work well for them. The Nets are struggling offensively of late, while the Hawks have a top-10 defense that averages 116.7 points per game. Young and Murray are unstoppable at times, something they proved against the best defense in the league the last time out.
Pick: Take the Hawks at -4.5 (-120)
Atlanta has been rather efficient when it comes to offense recently. The Hawks scored at least 116 points in four of the previous five games, while the Nets allowed 116+ in six of their last nine. I noted that Brooklyn’s offense is not great at the moment, but I do expect the visitors to score much more than they did against Chicago. After all, Atlanta’s defense is not even in the top 20 in the NBA. Over is 9-4-1 in the Nets’ last 14 overall; Over is 3-1-1 in Brooklyn’s previous five road games, while Over is 20-6 in the Hawks’ last 26 games following an ATS win.
Pick: Go Over N/A points