NBA Basketball Betting – Red-Hot Nets Try To Extend Streak Against Hawks
by Charles Jay, TotalActionExtra
The Brooklyn Nets are hot, and the Atlanta Hawks are not. These Eastern Conference teams will take aim at each other in NBA action that is scheduled to take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta in a game that starts at 7:35 PM ET.
In the NBA basketball betting odds that have been posted at BetAnySports on this game, the Nets, who have captured seven in a row, are catching points:
Brooklyn Nets (23-15 SU, 18-18 ATS) at Atlanta Hawks (21-16 SU, 14-22 ATS)
Wednesday, January 16 – 7:35 PM ET
Atlanta Hawks -3
Brooklyn Nets +3
Over 186.5 Points -110
Under 186.5 Points -110
Hawks win game -150
Nets win game +130
Nets Look to Keep Winning Against Hawks
For the Brooklyn Nets, it was another win and another cover last night. They scored a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Since PJ Carlesimo took over the coaching reins from Avery Johnson, they have won seven games in a row. They are 5-1-1 ATS during that time.
The team is currently eight games over .500. That is a game and a half behind the Knicks in the Atlantic Division. Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets’ owner installed Carlesimo on an interim basis. As of now he isn’t looking so hard for a permanent replacement.
The Nets are +350 to win the division at BetAnySports. They are obviously responding to Carlesimo. He is on his fourth stop on the NBA coaching carousel. Carlesimo may be best known to many NBA fans for the infamous choking incident with Latrell Sprewell. The terrible incident took place in 1997 when he was coaching the Golden State Warriors.
Williams May be Key for Nets
The residual effect of his presence may be felt the strongest on the part of Deron Williams. The point guard who decided to stick around and make the trip over to Brooklyn rather than try the free agent market. The word was that Williams was rather unhappy about the way Johnson was handling the offense.
Rumor has it that he had contributed to the firing. He denied that, but now says that he is taking less of a pounding to his body. He is also being “smarter about my minutes in practice,” which would lead one to believe that Johnson may have been pushing things too hard.
Whatever the case, Williams has been playing well since Carlesimo took over. He is averaging 20 points in his last seven games. Williams hasn’t missed a free throw since December 29. He had 21 points and seven assists against Toronto last night.
Nets Trying Hard to Stop Distractions
The Nets have gone forward with part of their streak. They are enduring a drama surrounding power forward Andray Blatche. He is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault in Philadelphia. Blatche has at times been a force on the inside.
He got 14 points in the game against Toronto. In the previous game against Indiana (another Nets win) he had just five points in nineteen and a half minutes.
Hawks are Struggling
In contrast to the Nets, Atlanta (priced at +2800 at BetAnySports to win the Eastern Conference) has been ice cold lately. They went 1-6 both straight-up and against the spread over their last seven games. The Nets reached rock bottom two nights ago against Chicago. They shot 29% in a 97-58 loss.
Atlanta has suspended leading scorer Josh Smith for this game. General manager Danny Ferry termed the suspension as “conduct detrimental to the team.”
In addition to the Hawks and Nets going in opposite directions, there are also disparate totals trends between these teams. The Hawks have played six of their last eight games under the total.
The Nets are playing are a faster pace than they were under Johnson. They have been more efficient on offense. playing six overs in their last seven contests.
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