Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks - 12/25/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks - 12/25/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks (14-17) vs Atlanta Hawks (14-16)

Game Info: Saturday, December 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Knicks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 218.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Atlanta Hawks pay a visit to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day.

The Atlanta Hawks have been below their best lately as they’ve lost six of their past nine games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after sneaking past the 76ers in a 98-96 road win last night. Cameron Reddish led the team in scoring with 18 points on seven of 13 shooting, John Collins added 17 points on seven of 11 shooting, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 15 points off the bench while Skylar Mays chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Hawks shot 45 percent from the field and seven of 24 from the 3-point line as they hit the ground running and stormed out of the gates to an early 17-point lead, before having to rally back in the fourth quarter after the 76ers clawed their way back. Bogdanovic had a forgettable night as he shot just four of 17 from the field and one of nine from the 3-point line.  

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a real slump as they’ve lost nine of their past 12 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling short against the Wizards in a 124-117 home loss last night. Kemba Walker led the team with 44 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Julius Randle added 23 points with nine rebounds while Alec Burks chipped in with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Knicks shot 45 percent from the field and 13 of 42 from the 3-point line as they poured in 37 points in the second quarter to take the lead into halftime, but they leaked 67 points in the second half to allow the Wizards to run away it late.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.  The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall.

The Hawks will once again be severely shorthanded as they will be without a host of players including Trae Young, Danilo Gallinari, Clint Capela, Lou Williams and Kevin Huerter. The Knicks will be without RJ Barrett, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley and Nerlens Noel. The Hawks were really struggling for a while there, but they will take plenty of confidence from their hard-fought upset win over the 76ers last night, while the Knicks have been ice-cold lately and they weren’t able to keep up with the struggling Wizards despite 44 points from Walker. It’s a shame that there are so many key players missing, but I think the Hawks can escape with the narrow win in this spot.

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Peter’s Pick Atlanta +1.5

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