The Atlanta Hawks had 22 more victories than the Brooklyn Nets in the regular season, but now in the postseason, where every team gets a fresh start, the Hawks have 3 wins, and the Nets have 2. The winner of this series will go on to play the Washington Wizards, who swept their first round opponent Raptors in 4 straight games. The Hawks will play this Sunday in any event. They will play the Wizards Sunday if they win tonight, or they will play the Nets one last time this year if they lose.
The Nets, who didn’t make the playoffs until the last game of the regular season, have made this a very competitive series. "I think that this has been a thrilling series, and we hold serve at home and extend it to a seventh game and anything can happen," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. The odds may be in the Nets’ favor, for tonight anyway, as the home team has won every game in this series. If they do, they will push the Hawks to a game 7. Last year, the Hawks were the 8th seed, and they took the 1st seeded Pacers to a 7th game as well, but ultimately lost. In the regular season, Atlanta beat Brooklyn four times. So far in these playoffs, Atlanta is outscoring Brooklyn just 500-491.
The current line is Atlanta -4.5 points, and the over/under is 199. I think this will be a close game. Atlanta may very well be the first road team to win a game in this series tonight, but if they do, I don’t think they will cover the 4.5 point spread, so I would lean towards the Nets and the points. I also look for this to be a high scoring game, so I would take the over in this one.