After splitting their series in Texas, the Brooklyn Nets will travel to Georgia to take on the Atlanta Hawks for the second time this year. The Nets are 17-8 and in first place in the Eastern Conference and the Hawks are in eighth with a 13-12 record.
In a game without Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge, Brooklyn lost to Houston on Wednesday, 114-104. James Harden led the Nets with 25 points but shot a dismal 4-of-16 (25%) from the floor. Following the loss, he said that there’s a possibility that he’ll rest against Atlanta, but it depends on how he feels in the two days leading up to the game.
The Hawks last played on Monday night and beat the Timberwolves, 121-110. Trae Young scored a team-high 29 points for Atlanta and shot 7-of-18 from the floor. Former Net Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 23 points.
In the teams’ first matchup on Nov. 3, Brooklyn won 117-108. Durant scored a game-high 32 points. De’Andre Hunter, who’s currently out with a wrist injury, led the Hawks with 26 points.
Both teams are 7-3 in their last 10 games, with the Nets averaging 110.6 points and Atlanta averaging 105.9 points.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks betting odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBET, the Nets are the one-point favorite over the Hawks. Brooklyn is -120 on the moneyline and Atlanta is +100. The over/under for the game is set for 223.5 points.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Hawks prediction
Because Durant took the night off on Wednesday against Houston, the Nets should be able to bounce back against the Hawks with his reemergence to the starting lineup. The loss against the Rockets snapped a six-game road win streak for Brooklyn, who have only lost a total of three away games this year.
It’ll be entertaining to see KD and Young go head-to-head, but the Nets should have the upper hand, especially if Harden’s getting a breather and not struggling like he’s been for most of the year.
We’re taking Brooklyn -1 and over 223.5 points.
Brooklyn 117, Atlanta 108.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Hawks TV channel
The Nets-Hawks game will be broadcast on ESPN with the tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Brooklyn Nets schedule and upcoming games
Brooklyn will play one more game on the road before traveling back to Barclays Center for a homestand.
Dec. 12 at Detroit
Dec. 14 vs. Toronto
Dec. 16 vs. Philadelphia
Dec. 18 vs. Orlando