The Atlanta Hawks (26-34) will look to end their two-game losing streak as they travel to take on the New York Knicks (36-25) at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET and can be seen on MSG.

The Knicks (-142) are currently favored by 2.5 points over the Hawks (+118) and the over/under line is set at 216.5.

ATLANTA HAWKS VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Atlanta Hawks +2.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 ET on Tuesday, March 5th.

WHY BET THE ATLANTA HAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-111 in favor of the Hawks.
  • Our projections have Dejounte Murray finishing with Dejounte Murray points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Hawks finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.1% and knocking down 12 threes.

Will the Hawks Exceed Expectations on the Road?

Today, the Hawks are looking to end a two-game losing streak after losing to the Nets by a score of 114-102. The Hawks were favored by 1 point in that game, and the combined scoring total of 216 was below the O/U line of 218.5.

This season, the Hawks have an ATS record of 19-41 and are 9-20 ATS on the road. Their average scoring differential on the road is -4.7 points per game.

As the underdog, Atlanta has gone 7-19 straight-up and 8-18 ATS. Today, they are getting 2.5 points on the spread, and their average scoring differential as the underdog is -6.3 PPG.

In terms of the O/U, the Hawks have a record of 32-28 this season. In all of their games, the average combined scoring total is 243.2, and today’s O/U line is set at 216.5.

Looking at the Eastern Conference standings, the Hawks are currently in 10th place with a record of 26-34. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 15-26 and 11-8 in non-conference games.

When it comes to scoring, the Hawks are one of the most potent offenses in the league, averaging 120.4 points per game (5th). However, they have been slightly better at home (123.5) compared to on the road (117.1).

So far this season, Atlanta has outscored the NBA scoring average in 61.7% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 4th in the league at 101.2 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Hawks are 22nd in field goal percentage at 46%. From beyond the arc, they are 8th in three-pointers made per game (13.5) but have only connected on 35% of their attempts (20th).

So far, the Hawks’ defense is ranked 29th in the league at 122.7 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Hawks’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 57.3% and allowing 39.3% from beyond the arc.

Can New York Live Up to the Hype at Home?

The Knicks are 36-25 this season and are currently in 4th place in the Eastern Conference. In games vs. other Eastern Conference teams, they are 25-13 and 7-4 against other teams in the Atlantic Division.

At home, the Knicks are 20-11 this season and are favored by 2.5 points today. However, they have an ATS record of 16-15 at home and have lost 8 straight ATS at home.

New York’s O/U record for the season is 22-38-1, and the under has hit in their last six games. On average, their games have finished with 223.2 points compared to today’s O/U line of 216.5.

In their most recent game, the Knicks beat the Cavaliers by a score of 107-98. They were 4.5-point underdogs going into the game and have won three straight games vs. the spread.

At home this season, the Knicks are averaging 112.6 points per game, which is 23rd in the NBA. Overall, they are 19th in scoring at 113.4 points per game.

So far, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 42.6% of their games. In terms of pace, New York is the slowest team in the league, averaging just 95.4 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 13th in both three-point makes and attempts. However, their three-point shooting percentage is just 36%, which is 15th in the NBA.

Coming into today’s game, the Knicks’ defense is giving up an average of 109.7 points per contest. Most recently, the Knicks’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 98 points to the Cavaliers.