User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Hawks dealing with key injury

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

Hawks Could Sink Out of Playoff Chase with Lou Williams Done

Yes, the Atlanta Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-96 in a matinee on Monday's holiday. However Atlanta should have won that game as the Timberwolves played without star Kevin Love along with underrated center Nikola Pekovic and solid rookie point guard Alexey Shved due to injuries. Plus Minnesota is one of the NBA's worst road teams at 6-15.

Your 50% Free Bet Welcome Bonus: open a betting account at Bovada and grab an instant 50% Free Bet Bonus on your first deposit.

Advertisement
However, the long-term prognosis doesn't appear promising for Atlanta after the loss of guard Lou Williams to a season-ending torn ACL suffered in Friday's loss at Brooklyn. The team was hoping Williams' injury was just a sprain and an X-ray Friday didn't show anything. An MRI on Saturday showed the tear.

Williams was a great offseason signing for new Hawks GM Danny Ferry. The Atlanta native was second in the Sixth Man of the Year voting a season ago with Philadelphia and ranked third on the Hawks in scoring (14.1), assists (3.6) and steals (1.1). He was shooting a career-best 36.7% from three-point range and 86.8% from the free-throw line in 28.7 minutes per game. Williams averaged nearly half of the Hawks' bench points and led them in made free throws. Atlanta averaged 102.1 points per 100 possessions with Williams on the floor and 99.9 with him on the bench. Rookie John Jenkins will see more minutes with Williams out. Jenkins is 3-for-15 from the field in the two games Williams has missed and was scoreless on Monday.

Even with Monday's victory, Atlanta has just three wins in its past 11 games (3-7-1 ATS) and is sixth in the Eastern Conference. Any realistic chance of winning a round or two in the playoffs likely vanished with Williams' injury. Ferry did a brilliant job of clearing cap space this past offseason by shipping Marvin Williams to Utah and Joe Johnson to Brooklyn.

The Williams injury could be the final push for Ferry to trade talented but inconsistent and immature forward Josh Smith to further the team's rebuilding plan. The Hawks are hoping to lure Atlanta native Dwight Howard back to the South this summer. Howard can become a free agent and certainly doesn't appear happy in Laker purple and gold yet. Clippers star point guard Chris Paul also is from the Southeast and Atlanta would have room for two maximum contracts. Most expect Paul to stay in L.A.

As for the immediate future, Atlanta looks set for at least a .500 week. The Hawks visit Charlotte on Wednesday and are 3-0 against the Hornets in 2012-13, with two wins by double-digits. Boston visits Atlanta on Friday and the C's won there 89-81 on January 5. The Hawks close the week visiting the Knicks in the teams' first meeting of the season.

Early-Week Live Betting Games

On Wednesday, the book is scheduled to offer Nuggets at Rockets and Thunder at Warriors. Check back Thursday for a weekend Live Betting preview at the book.

Three-Point Play: Score points on the leaderboard by playing in the Bovada Sportsbook, Casino and Poker room daily. Raise Your Game.

  
HEADLINES
Mejia: Christmas Day Matchups
News: Christmas Day Odds posted
Wolves get Young as part of Love trade
US routs Dominicans in exhibition
7 charged with trespassing at Allen home
US moves forward without Durant
Cunningham plans to sue accuser
Drew added to Cavs' coaching staff
Referee Bavetta retires after 39 years
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 3067
Paul Bovi + 2374
Kevin Rogers + 2090
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 59 %
Paul Bovi 58 %
Stephen Nover 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 2013
Michael Black + 1848
Kevin Rogers + 1579
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1320
Kyle Hunter + 1080
Joe Nelson + 993
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2114
Mike Rose + 1851
Kyle Hunter + 945
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!