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Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Predictions, Odds, Picks

Dec. 10, 2021
Eytan Shander
VI Betting Expert

The Hawks are still dealing with a couple of key absences due to injury, as the Nets come off planned rest for their top two Superstars. Brooklyn is in Atlanta Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. ET tip on ESPN.

Score Prediction

Nets 116, Hawks 108

Best Bets

Nets ML (+105) at South Point

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Predictions

The Nets planned to sit both Kevin Durant and Harden, so having a healthy top end of the roster shouldn’t be any issue. Unlike Atlanta who has been missing both Bogdan Bogdanovic and Cam Reddish for the past four games. Durant has been on a tear and should do just that to Atlanta’s defense, tear right into them.

To be fair nobody has slowed down Durant, but Collins and Clint Capela aren’t going to stop Durant. The difficulty Atlanta will have is in the backcourt, trying to slow down James Harden while keeping up with his productivity.

The Hawks do have Trae Young, it’s just so much weight on his shoulders to play his team to a win. Atlanta has just been so reliant upon Young and his scoring, that if Brooklyn slows Young down – more realistic than Young missing every shot – it could get ugly for the Hawks.

They just need more firepower from a second option, which is just John Collins at this point and his 17 PPG. Atlanta’s depth will be tested but it’s just that, depth versus two guys in Brooklyn who average a combined 49+ PPG.

Brooklyn won six straight on the road before a planned night of rest forced a loss to Houston. But this is still the dominant team on the road led by two of the game’s most prolific scorers, in Durant and Harden.

The Nets supporting cast is not absent either, as LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills have stepped up providing scoring support – especially in the absence of Joe Harris for a stretch. Coming off a planned nigh of rest, the Nets team should be fully charged and come out firing in the first half. Might be worth a look at the Nets 1 st half-line if you are taking the game itself.

The Hawks have dropped three of their last five, felling the impact of not having Bogdanovic nor Reddish available. While they are expecting at least Reddish to play against Brooklyn, the Hawks have seen recent spike performances by both Danilo Gallinari and Timothe Luwawu- Cabarrot.

It’s been the biggest struggle for Atlanta recently and consistency off the bench will be tested again with the Nets in town. Atlanta does have the seventh-highest scoring average in the league, so they have it in them to at least hang with the Nets in a shootout.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Atlantic vs. Southeast
  • Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
  • Venue: State Farm Arena
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 7:30 p.m. ET

Brooklyn Nets Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 17-8
  • ATS: 9-14-2
  • O/U: 10-15

Durant averages 28.4 PPG adding 7.7 RPG and 5.4 APG. He’s also shooting an impressive 52.9 percent from the field. Harden is at just under 21 PPG, but contributes 9.6 APG and 8 RPG. He’s still only shooting 40 percent. Aldridge is the third-leading scorer at 13.9 PPG and chipping in 5.8 RPG. Mills adds 12.5 PPG, followed by Harris at 11.3 and the last Nets player to average double-figures in points.

Atlanta Hawks Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 13-12
  • ATS: 11-14
  • O/U: 13-12

Young leads his team with 26.3 PPG and dishes out 9.4 APG. Young is also shooting 45.6 percent from the floor. John Collins is up next, averaging 17 PPG and 7.8 RPG. Collins is shooting 56 percent. Capela averages 11.4 PPG and 12.7 RPG off 57 percent shooting.

Kevin Huerter is at 10.7 PPG off 47.7 percent shooting, Bogdanovic, Reddish, and De'Andre Hunter are the final three Hawks players to average double digits in points. Huerter is technically at 9.9 PPG and is shooting just under 48 percent.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Head-to-Head

The second matchup between these two teams will be Friday night in Atlanta. The Nets cruised in their first game against Atlanta, beating the Hawks 117-108, Durant led all scorers with 32 points.

Key Players to Watch

  • BKN: Kevin Durant - F (28.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 5.4 apg)
  • BKN: James Harden - G (20.9 ppg, 8 rpg, 9.6 apg)
  • ATL: Trae Young - G (26.3 ppg, 4 rpg, 9.4 apg)
  • ATL: John Collins - F (17 ppg, 7.8 rpg)

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Conclusion

It’s hard to ignore the injuries to Atlanta versus the return of a healthy and rested duo of Harden and Durant. Atlanta has a couple of bad trends following them recently, and they add up to another loss against the healthy Nets.

The Hawks are 1-8 in their last 9 SU versus teams with a winning record. They have also seen the road team cover in eight straight games. Not great going up against a Nets team that’s won 6 of their last 7 on away from BK.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends

  • Brooklyn has gone UNDER the point total in four straight games.
  • Atlanta has seen the road team cover the spread in eight straight games.
  • Atlanta has lost eight of its last nine games when facing a team with a winning record.

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