The Atlanta Hawks have to be considered a rather disappointing punch right now, as they are not performing the way a #1 seed with 60 victories is supposed to. The Hawks were heavy favorites to win their series against the Brooklyn Nets, but now they find themselves all even after four games, although it is something of a consolation that they are able to play Game 5 at home. Brooklyn would seem to have some momentum and confidence, as well as a career game from the point guard they’ve been waiting to come through for them. So we will see what happens when Pro basketball playoffs betting action begins at 7 PM ET at the Philips Arena.
What was perhaps a little surprising about this game is the fact that the Nets won despite the Hawks shooting 48% from the field. Atlanta had been only 39% accurate over the first three games. They did have some good things going for them in the game, including some notable balance, as all five of the starters scored between 16 and 20 points. That would seem to be the way Mike Budenholzer drew it up on the blackboard. Still, in the middle, Brook Lopez of the Nets has been more than a match for Al Horford, and the Hawks have not been able to exert real dominance in the middle, despite the fact that they won the rebounding battle 55-40 on Monday.
Deron Williams had been a major disappointment for the Nets in the first three games. In fact, he had made only two field goals in 15 attempts in his previous two outings. Then he had to exit Game 3 for the last sixteen minutes while Brooklyn went on a run that secured a victory. There was even some question as to whether he could make it into the lineup on Monday. Not only did he do that, he essentially took the game over. Williams made 13 shots from the field, seven of them from three-point range, and finished with 35 points, as he was impossible for Atlanta to defend. Can he carry a performance like that over? Well, he has been tagged with the “inconsistent” label, so it’s kind of a roll of the dice along those lines.
BetAnySports patrons who research past trends will see that the Nets have lost 12 of their last 14 games at the Philips Arena, and that Atlanta has lost only three of its last 27 home outings. So this is definitely a tough nut to crack. But the Nets seem to have a pretty solid seven-man rotation going forward, and it was encouraging once again to see rookie Bojan Bogdanovic making some key shots (including three triples). The Nets gutted it out by outscoring Atlanta 16-11 in overtime in Game 4, and if they can pull off the upset on Wednesday, this would really indicate a trouble sign for the Hawks, who wrapped up the #1 seed in the East rather early and may have lost a bit of an edge.