Knicks face Hawks: NBA odds preview

New York Knicks Atlanta Hawks
21-34 February 22, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena 25-29



The Atlanta Hawks host New York on Saturday, looking to build on their 25-29 mark against the 21-34 Knicks in NBA action at Philips Arena.

The Hawks bring a 25-29 record (26-27-1 ATS) to the battle against the 21-34 Knicks, who are 23-32 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Atlanta go 32-21-1 so far and the Knicks go 31-24. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 20 (Hawks) and the No. 13 (Knicks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 92-91 result in favor of the Hawks is predicted by handicapping models.

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Last time out for New York, they were a 129-121 loser as they battled the Magic on the road. The Knicks failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 250 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Carmelo Anthony was dynamite, scoring 44 points and adding 11 rebounds but Orlando still won, 129-121, over New York on Friday at Amway Center.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 115-107 loser on the road against the Pistons. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (222) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Paul Millsap scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 115-107 to Detroit at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 101.37 PPG, against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 11 at 99.49 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.91% so far, more than the Knicks shooters have achieved on the year, 44.43% per game.

Next up:
New York home to Dallas, Monday, February 24th
Atlanta home to Chicago, Tuesday, February 25th