Hawks, to retain top four spot vs Knicks

Hawks, to retain top four spot vs Knicks

The Atlanta Hawks meet the New York Knicks with hopes to retain their spot in the top four in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks on the other hand is just looking to continue their winning momentum when they play in this game. These two teams will meet on December 8, 2022, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), as the Knicks host their match. Currently, the hosts are 11-13, while the visitors are at 13-11. While the Hawks are coming from a 121-114 loss to the Thunder, the Knicks are coming off a 92-81 win against the Cavaliers.

This is an important match for the Hawks because a failure to win this game means slowly forgoing their top four chance. This is also their chance to bounce back after their loss on their previous fixture. Additionally, this is their chance to prove why they are in the top four of the contest. As for the Knicks, they aim to capitalize their winning momentum to get a win in this match. They are lucky to have this momentum as they had a disappointing campaign during their early games. If they want to improve their current standing in the Eastern Conference, they need to continue their winning streak.

Atlanta Hawks

NBA: Atlanta Hawks
Photo courtesy of Getty Image

Although the Hawks lost their last game against the Thunder, they actually have a good record on their last four games. They won two of their last three matches, and are now looking to win for the third time. Coming into this game, they are aiming to bounce back after their recent loss. From their last 10 games, they have a record of 6-4. On the first quarter of their match against the Thunder, they are actually giving the Thunder a hard time to go against them, but they were not able to go after it for the next quarters. Although their offense failed to make an impact on that match, their defenders actually did well. They average 114 points per game, but they are giving up 113.6 points per game.

On their last match, it was Dejounte Murray and Trae Young who are leading the Hawks with 24 and 24 points respectively. They also got assistance from Bogdan Bogdanovic who chipped in 17 points in that match.

New York Knicks

NBA: New York Knicks
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks are looking for their second win in the contest, after ending their two-game losing streak on their last game. As they encounter new opponents, they hope to win second in a row, their third on their last five matches. On their game against the Cavaliers, they were able to dominate their opponents right from the start. They actually never trailed at any point in that match. Additionally, they were able to restrict their opponent under 100 points, pushing their opponents outside their comfort zone. However, at some point in that match, the Cavaliers were able to make a run, cutting their deficit into three. This speaks so much about their defense. They score 115 points per game, but giving up 115 points per game as well.

It was Jalen Brunson who leads the Knicks on their last match with 23 points, along with four assists. He also got support from Julius Randle with 18 points, and RJ Barrett with 15 points.

Prediction:

Atlanta Hawks
Total Under: 115.5
Odds: 0.93

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