Hawks vs Knicks Predictions, Odds, Best Bets

Head to Head: Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks

Atlanta Hawks Face-to-face New York Knicks
Nate McMillan The head coach Tom Thibodeau
4-3 (4th East) Upright 3-3 (6th East)
115.0 (10th out of 30) Excluding Rtg 113.7 (13th out of 30)
115.8 (24th of 30) Def Rtg 111.6 (12th of 30)
100.9 (12th of 30) Rhythm 100.2 (16th of 30)

Leaders (per game)

T. Young (29.0) GPP J.Randle (18.3)
J.Collins (9.9) Roleplay J.Randle (9.3)
T. Young (9.7) APG J. Brunson (7.2)
D. Murray (2.0) GPS J. Brunson, J. Randle (1.3)
C. Capela, J. Collins (1.7) BPG Mr. Robinson (2.5)
O.Okongwu (.725)/T. Young (8.9) FG%/MGF M.Robinson (.679)/J. Brunson (7.0)
A. Griffin (.625)/T. Young (2.6) 15%/3 p.m. O. Toppin (.500)/E. Fournier (2.5)

injury report

Player Crew Date Status Information
Bogdan Bogdanovic Atlanta Hawks Oct 31, 2022 Day to day (knee) Bogdanovic did not play in Atlanta’s game on Monday, October 31.
Quentin Grimes New York Knicks Oct 31, 2022 Day to day (foot) Grimes did not play in New York’s game on Monday, Oct. 31.

ATL: Limit errors, protect the rim

The Atlanta Hawks are coming off a devastating loss in their last game, a loss to the Toronto Raptors. Not only did they struggle to create, but the Hawks failed to put up much of the resistance on the edge.

In their last game, the Hawks allowed opponents to shoot 55.2 percent from two points, with only three of those field goals coming from outside the paint. Coupled with their 18 turnovers, the Hawks set themselves up for failure.

The Knicks are a rim-loving team, ranking second in the league in two-point field goals made and attempted per game. If Atlanta can challenge the rim and compete on the glass, they’ll have a good chance of getting back to winning ways.

Hawks key player: (G) Trae Young

The Atlanta Hawks do like Trae Young. One of the league’s best talents at point guard, Young sets the tone for the Hawks’ offense. If they hope to beat the Knicks, Young will need to improve on what was a terrible outing for him in his last game.

Trae Young’s last game was nothing to write home about. In a loss to the Toronto Raptors, Young had 14 points, 10 assists and 10 turnovers on 3 of 13 shots from the field. He was 29 under in the game and was a key factor in the Hawks’ struggles.

Young has struggled with the length of the Toronto Raptors roster, a more traditional Knicks roster will welcome him. He needs to get off to a better start, as he opened the last game with 7 assists, but 4 of his 10 turnovers.

NYK: Knicks can’t let their defense falter

The New York Knicks entered this season aiming to reclaim their place among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Although they have enjoyed a rather easy opening schedule, their defense looks much improved.

After an abysmal defensive year, the Knicks now hold their opponents to 42.9% from the field and 33.2% from three-pointers — good enough for second- and sixth-best in the NBA. The addition of Jalen Brunson has strengthened their game on both sides and helps contain their opponents at the point of attack.

They’ll need to be consistent against the Atlanta Hawks who aren’t the best three-point shooting team in the league, but their threat to shoot from all positions opens up their paint opportunities – seen through their 33.7 goals on the field at two points per game (first in the league).

Key Knicks player: (F) Julius Randle

The New York Knicks are at their best when they can establish a presence on the inside. Key to that game plan is forward Julius Randle, who has stepped back from his responsibilities this season in order for the Knicks to thrive as a team.

The use of Julius Randle still leads the team, but he focused on play as well as scoring. In his last game, a loss to the Cavaliers, Randle had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals in 32 minutes of play.

Randle struggled to score against the Cavaliers’ big front field, but he’ll get little respite against the Hawks’ sixth-ranked blocking rate. If Randle can find his lineup early and stay effective, it will open up a lot more opportunities for the Knicks offensively.

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