NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks

Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks
Sunday, 1/27/13, 6:30 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  New York -6.5
Current Betting Line:  New York -5
Opening Total:  191.5
Current Total:  194.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The New York Knicks are 16-6 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points since 2010

The New York Knicks are 16-6 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points since 2010

Atlanta has won three games in a row, including a 123-111 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics as 5.5-point home favorites Friday night, while going OVER the total in each contest during that span.  The Hawks are averaging 110.3 points and 31.3 assists over the last three games, while four of their probable starters are averaging in double figures, with forward Josh Smith leading the way in scoring 16.7 points per game.  Atlanta is 0-2 ATS as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points this season, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread Sunday.

The Hawks are 10-11 overall on the road this season, including a 5-7 mark versus Eastern Conference foes.  Atlanta dropped two of three meetings against New York last year, while dropping two straight road games in this series.  Due to various injuries to a number of players, the franchise has used 15 different starting lineups this season, which has already passed last year’s figure of 11.  The team is 17-4 when scoring 100-plus points this season.

New York has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 97-80 setback to the Philadelphia 76ers as four-point road favorites last night, while going UNDER the total for the sixth time in seven contests.  The Knicks are 14-6 at Madison Square Garden this year, including a 7-4 mark versus conference opponents.  Today’s game will serve as the backend of a back-to-back situation, with the club going 4-4 in that particular situation thus far during the 2012-13 NBA season.  New York is 16-6 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points over the last two-plus seasons, something to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.

The Knicks will be led on the offensive end by forward Carmelo Anthony, who averaged 30.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in three meetings against the Hawks last year.  He came into last night’s loss averaging 31.1 points over his previous 10 games, which was the second-highest average among players in the league over that span.

Sports bettors will likely back the Knicks due to their 3-0 ATS record after a loss by 10 points or more, while the Hawks are 2-3 ATS after three or more consecutive OVERs.

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