The Atlanta Hawks (35-36) open a two-game road swing Tuesday with a game against the New York Knicks (30-41). Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden. Below, we look at the Hawks vs. Knicks odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Hawks are coming off a 117-112 home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday but had won four of their previous five games. They are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a five-game lead over the 11th-place Washington Wizards and New York Knicks with 11 games left on their schedule. The 10th place team will participate in the play-in games to determine the final two playoffs seeds in the East.
The Knicks are wrapping up a four-game homestand Tuesday. They were blown out by the Utah Jazz 108-93 Sunday after winning the first two games of the homestand. New York has won five of its last eight games but lost 11 of 12 prior to that. They trail the Hawks by five games for the final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference.
Hawks at Knicks odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Hawks -155 (bet $155 to win $100) | Knicks +125 (bet $100 to win $125)
Against the spread (ATS): Hawks -3.5 (-107) | Knicks +3.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 226.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)
Hawks at Knicks key injuries
G Bogdan Bogdanovic (quad) questionable
F John Collins (finger, foot) out
G Lou Williams (personal) out
C Nerlens Noel (foot) out
F Julius Randle (quad) out
F Cam Reddish (shoulder) out
G Derrick Rose (ankle) out
G Kemba Walker (not with team) out
Hawks at Knicks odds, lines, picks and predictions
Knicks 108, Hawks 105
The Knicks are 3-0 against the Hawks this season. They have not been great at home at 15-20, but the Hawks have struggled with a 12-22 record on the road this season.
The Hawks have lost three straight games on the road and five of their last six road games.
Take the KNICKS (+125).
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Against the spread
The Hawks are 29-42 ATS overall this season and 10-24 ATS on the road. They have covered the spread in only two of their last 10 games. They failed to cover the spread in any of the three games against the Knicks this season.
The Knicks did not cover the spread in their last two games but did in seven straight outings before that. However, they are 14-21 ATS at home on the year.
While the money line is the better bet because of the payout, you can give yourself some points to play with and take the KNICKS +3.5 (-115) if you aren’t as certain about the straight-up win.
The previous three games between the two teams had totals of 189, 188 and 225. The Hawks failed to score 100 points in two of the games.
The Knicks only score 106.0 points per game, the fourth-lowest average in the league but have the eighth-best scoring defense at 106.8 points allowed.
The Hawks average 112.9 points per game and give up 112.1 points per game. They have not been held under 100 points in their last 10 games and have averaged 117.5 points per game in that stretch.
However, I think the Knicks’ defense will prevail.
Take UNDER 226.5 (-115).
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