Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

When: Saturday, 21 December 2019, 6:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): YES, Fox Sports Southeast | WCBS 880 AM, 92.9 The Game

Atlanta Hawks (Away)

Head Coach: Lloyd Pierce {All-Time 35-75 | ATL}

Season Record: 6-23

Projected Starting Five: (G) Trae Young – (G) Kevin Huerter – (F) DeAndre Hunter – (F) Jabari Parker – (C) Damian Jones

Top Performers:

  • (G) Trae Young – 35.1 MPG | 28.3 PPG | 8.5 APG | 4.2 RPG
  • (F) John Collins – 32.2 MPG | 17.0 PPG | 8.8 RPG | 2.0 BPG
  • (F) Jabari Parker – 27.4 MPG | 15.8 PPG | 6.3 RPG | .545 eFG%

The Atlanta Hawks currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Despite some inspired efforts, they haven’t been able to steal away victories in the clutch.

Despite Trae Young being a unique talent on the offensive end, their deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball have plagued them. They are near the bottom of the NBA in points allowed per game, at 118.7.

When the Hawks face-off with the Nets, they take on a team with a capable point guard of their own. Stopping Spencer Dinwiddie at the point of attack will be the key to their success in taking down the Nets.

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Brooklyn Nets (Home)

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson {All-Time 106-168 | BKN}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Spencer Dinwiddie – (G) Garrett Temple – (F) Joe Harris – (F) Taurean Waller-Prince – (C) Jarrett Allen

Season Record: 15-12

Top Performers:

  • (G) Kyrie Irving – 33.8 MPG | 28.5 PPG | 7.2 APG | 5.4 RPG
  • (G) Spencer Dinwiddie – 30.3 MPG | 21.4 PPG | 6.3 APG | 2.8 RPG
  • (G-F) Caris LeVert – 31.6 MPG | 16.8 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 4.0 APG

The Brooklyn Nets are sitting at seventh in the Eastern Conference. While they aren’t anywhere near breaking out of their current position, they’ll have to pull up their socks to overcome their upcoming run.

While Kyrie Irving isn’t expected to make an impact again anytime soon, they have been able to go on an impressive run as of late due to the contributions of Spencer Dinwiddie.

While the Atlanta Hawks aren’t an intimidating squad, they have some capable individual pieces that could cause the Nets some problems. The Hawks go as Trae Young goes. Slowing him down will be the key to the Nets’ success.

What’s At Stake?

The Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets have been around for a long time, despite some name changes. In 179 regular-season meetings, the Hawks lead the Nets 100-79.

A win for the Atlanta Hawks would help them climb their way out of the bottom Eastern Conference table.

A win for the Brooklyn Nets would help them claw closer to the Indiana Pacers who sit in sixth place, one spot above them.

Questions to answer

Can the Atlanta Hawks’ three-and-D takedown Brooklyn?

Is the Brooklyn defence too much to handle?

We are going to compare the Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

Atlanta Must Open Up the Nets

Contrary to the play style of point guard Trae Young, the rest of the Atlanta Hawks don’t follow his lead on the offensive end. While Young attempts almost half of his shots from three, the rest of his side is more conservative but not as efficient.

The Atlanta Hawks are fourteenth in the NBA in three-pointer attempted per game. At 34.2 attempts from deep, their 31.8% conversion rate is incredibly poor. They run an all or nothing offence, which won’t pass against the Nets.

Out of all of the Hawks players that attempt at least four three-pointers per game, only Young converts on more than the league average. With the rebounding prowess of the Nets, the Hawks will have to convert regularly as second chances won’t come easily.

The Nets’ Advantage is on the Boards

If one were to look at the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks side-by-side, there is a glaring difference in their physicality. Ranking third in the NBA in rebounds per game, winning the battle on the glass is to the Nets’ advantage.

Merely comparing the Hawks big men with the Nets big men seems unfair. The combination of DeAndre JordanΒ and Jarrett Allen in the paint already seems too much for the combination of Jabari Parker and Alex Len.

The Nets top three rebounders average 26.4 rebounds per game to the Hawks’ 20.1. Unless John Collins returns with no rust at all, the Nets’ ability to control their own and the Hawks’ second chances may be too much to overcome.

Can the Hawks Force the Nets Into Mistakes?

No role models for ball security themselves, the Atlanta Hawks will need to manufacture additional opportunities if they hope to take down the Brooklyn Nets. Ranked twenty-third in the league in turnovers per game, the Hawks could swing the odds to their favour.

The focus for the Hawks will be on two of the Nets’ key perimeter players, Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince. They average a combined 4.7 turnovers per game, on top of the additional one turnover per game from every player who averages more than ten minutes per match.

The Hawks have the length to disrupt the Nets on the perimeter but will have to be sure to not give up easy opportunities due to overpressure. Only DeAndre Bembry and Evan Turner have a positive defensive box plus/minus.

Brooklyn’s Interior Defence

The Brooklyn Nets may not get the most blocks per game, but it is likely due to the sheer intimidation factor of their interior presences.

Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan average 1.4 and 1.0 blocks per game. The Hawks will be hard-pressed to attack the rim, especially Trae Young who averages only 55.9% of his field-goal attempts from two-point range.

It will be more interesting to see if Jordan and Allen can keep up on the perimeter. They are intimidating in the paint, but have struggled to cope when dragged out to the three-point line.

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Atlanta Hawks Roster Notes

(F) Chandler Parsons – 17 Dec 2019 – Day To Day (Illness) – Parsons did not play in Tuesday’s (Dec. 17) game against New York.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

(C) Nicolas Claxton – 17 Dec 2019 – Day To Day (Hamstring) – Claxton did not play in Tuesday’s (Dec. 17) game against New Orleans with a left hamstring injury.

(G) Kyrie Irving – 13 Dec 2019 – Out (Right Shoulder) – Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Irving still hasn’t been cleared for contact.

(F) Caris LeVert – 14 Nov 2019 – Out (Thumb) – LeVert underwent thumb surgery and will miss four to six weeks with ligament damage, according to Colin Martin of SNY.

(F) Kevin Durant – 23 Oct 2019 – Out (Achilles) – Nets General Manager Sean Marks said the team does not plan on playing Durant this season, according to Ian Begley of SNY TV.

Head-to-Head: (G) Trae Young vs (G) Spencer Dinwiddie

Two of the NBA’s most exciting young point guards face off in this match up. Trae Young has had the pressure on him all year while Spencer Dinwiddie has had responsibility thrust into his arms. Both have performed brilliantly.

(G) Trae Young (6-1, 180lb (185cm, 81kg) | Oklahoma | 1 Year)





Trae Young is putting up an absolutely incredible season. If his team were in the playoff race, he’d be in the conversation for MVP. Unfortunately, they are one of the worst in the conference.

With greater comfort has come greater production for Trae Young. However as his usage has increased, so has his mistakes. Young will score, that is inevitable. But he needs to cut down on his turnovers, as he is averaging nearly five per game.

(G) Spencer Dinwiddie (6-5, 215lb (196cm, 97kg) | Colorado | 5 Years)





For the second year in a row, Spencer Dinwiddie has stepped up his game. In fact, he’s making his All-Star calibre performance last year look pedestrian. With career-highs across the board, Dinwiddie has been brilliant.

The Nets point guard can’t solely focus on his offence this time out though. Trae Young can score from anywhere on the court. While slowing him on offence will be difficult, it will be up to Dinwiddie to make the Hawks guard work on the defensive end in order to make up the difference.

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Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets Predictions and Odds

Why the Atlanta Hawks Will Win

The Atlanta Hawks are young, energetic, and brimming with potential. Stopping Dinwiddie takes precedent, but if the Hawks want to stay in the lead they will have to display a more cohesive and efficient offense than they have all year.

Why the Brooklyn Nets Will Win

Size matters in the NBA and the Brooklyn Nets are filled with it. It doesn’t just start with Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan, the Nets’ guards are adept at attacking the rim. If they can establish their paint dominance, the odds are in their favor.

WSN’s Pick

The Brooklyn Nets look to be too talented and too versatile for the young and inconsistent Atlanta Hawks to manage.

WSN Picks: Brooklyn Nets defeat Atlanta Hawks

Good luck!

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