The Knicks look to keep up their winning ways playing without point guard Jeremy Lin and power forward Amar’e Stoudamire tonight in Atlanta. Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson will return to play his former team. For up to the minute odds and spreads be sure to check out Bovada sportsbook.
The Knicks are above .500 for the first time in over 2 months and are 8-1 since Mike Woodson replaced Mike D’Antoni as coach.
The Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic in a route in their last game and were led by Carmelo Anthony and rookie Iman Shumpert who both had 25 to lead the Knicks. JR Smith and Steve Novak were also key contributors off the bench scoring 12 and 16 points respectively.
The Knicks went on a decisive 21-0 run in the 3rd quarter and never looked back en route to a 108-86 win. They held Dwight Howard to just 12 points and 5 rebounds as well.
The Hawks have now dropped 2 games in a row which was preceded by a four game winning streak. They are coming off of a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night which was a game in which they only scored 77 points on their home floor. They shot just 40% from the field and shot just 5 of 17 from the land of three.
The usually potent combination of Joe Johnson and Josh Smith combined for only 31 points combined on 13 of 32 shooting from the field. It was Atlanta’s fifth game in six days and you could tell they had nothing left in the tank.
The Knicks have been good lately vs. the Hawks winning three straight by an average of 14 points. In their last meeting the Knicks blew out the Hawks at MSG by a score of 99-82. Joe Johnson did not play for the Hawks in that game while Lin and Stoudamire both played for New York.
It looks as though the Knicks are finally starting to gel and playing consistently on both ends. The Hawks have had some trouble in that respect lately. The Knicks are really responding to Mike Woodson’s message right now and since they are getting points and given the current state of the Hawks we think the Knicks are the pick in this one.
The Knicks are on a roll ATS going 9-1 in their last 10 overall. The Knicks are however 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road game overall. The Knicks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games.
The Hawks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games vs. the Atlantic Division and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 in Atlanta. The Knicks are overall 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings between the two teams as well so bet New York at best online sportsbooks.