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Knicks battle Hawks on NBA odds

The New York Knicks are 5-1 SU over their past six games against the Atlanta Hawks, but they've managed to cover the posted spread in just one of their last three meetings heading into Wednesday.

The Knicks last faced the Hawks on January 27, winning 106-104 at home in that contest but failing to cover the 5.5-point spread on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks. Each of the last three Knicks vs. Hawks matchups have turned out to be OVER results.

The Hawks sit at 42-33 (35-38-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Knicks are currently 47-26 (39-33-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Atlanta is 38-36-1 OU, and New York is 36-35-2 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New York vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened this morning as 3.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 202 at BetOnline and other shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks - Knicks odds would favor the Knicks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Atlanta is rated No. 19 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Knicks sit at No. 9. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 101-98 win for the Knicks.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 15-ranked offense (97.9 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 8 at 95.6 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 46.5% from the field per game, more than the Knicks have managed so far this season (44.5% on average).

Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.6 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, New York was a 102-90 winner on the road against the Heat. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (192) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Heat were burned for 50 points by Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday as the Knicks picked up a 102-90 win at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Atlanta won its last outing, a 102-94 result against the Cavaliers on April 1. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite, while the 196 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Devin Harris scored 25 points for Atlanta on Monday, leading the Hawks to a 102-94 victory over Cleveland at Philips Arena.

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

A few Knicks at Hawks trends to consider:
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
New York is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
New York is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games at home
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Atlanta's last 18 games when playing New York

Next up:
New York home to Milwaukee, Friday, April 5
Atlanta home to Philadelphia, Friday, April 5