Atlanta Hawks vs Brooklyn Nets 11/3/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets Matchup Preview (11/3/21)
On Wednesday, November 3, the Atlanta Hawks (4-3) will travel north to New York City to take on the Brooklyn Nets (4-3). The Hawks and Nets have been somewhat underwhelming to start the year. Many expected Brooklyn to be the bonafide best team in the NBA, and so far, it does not appear that they are at the moment. Meanwhile, similar expectations were given to the Atlanta Hawks after a deep playoff run last season that ended at the hands of the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks.
The Hawks will need to improve on both ends to win this game on the road. They are 17th in points per game, 19th in eFG% (effective field goal percentage), and 17th in defensive efficiency. These past few games, they have looked merely average and will need to play up to their potential to beat Kevin Durant and the Nets on the road. Meanwhile, Brooklyn has work it needs to do to win at home against a high-potential team like Atlanta. Despite having James Harden and Kevin Durant, the Nets are 21st in total rebounds per game, 19th in points per game, and 21st in offensive efficiency.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds
On Tuesday night, the odds dropped for the Hawks vs. Nets game. The Hawks (+5) are five-point underdogs on the road against the Brooklyn Nets. Atlanta’s Moneyline is hovering around +180, while Brooklyn’s is at -210. If the Nets’ Moneyline improves to -200 or better, then I love them. The Hawks have been mediocre on the road in the 2021-22 season.
The point total has not been announced when writing this article, but there are a few interesting statistics to go over. For one, Brooklyn has not played in a game all season where it has gone over the point total (0-7). This is shocking for several reasons. For one, the Nets have two of the best scorers in the NBA on their team: Kevin Durant and James Harden. Additionally, Brooklyn was the second highest-scoring team in the NBA last season; however, it ranks 20th. On the other hand, Atlanta’s record on the over/under is 3-4. The Hawks have a lot of shooters, including Trae Young, so many expect that they should put a lot of points on the board. The main thing to consider with Atlanta is its coach Nate McMillan. McMillan always plays defensive-centric basketball with a controlled offense. Neither team has been electric offensively, and they are both solid enough defensive teams. I will lean towards the under in this one if the point total is in the mid-220’s.
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Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
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Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup
Atlanta Hawks Analysis
The Atlanta Hawks have had a rocky road to start the 2021-22 season; they looked great in their first four games as they went 3-1, but then dropped two straight to the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. Atlanta’s biggest problem right now is that it plays too many players. The Hawks give Delon Wright nearly 12 minutes per game, while there is not one player outside of Trae Young who plays 30 or more minutes per game. Guys like John Collins, Clint Capela, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and De’Andre Hunter need to be playing 30+ minutes per game; however, they are not. While the Hawks are very deep, they need to stick to their “biggest” guns. The fact that only one player on their team averages more than 30 minutes is baffling, honestly. If they are not going to take that approach, their bench has to be more effective on both ends, especially since they were ranked very high in many statistical categories just one week ago but now are not. To secure a road win against a tough Brooklyn Nets team, the Hawks need to keep up the defensive intensity and force Brooklyn’s role players to beat them.
Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup
Brooklyn Nets Analysis
For the overreactors, the Nets have gone from obvious title-favorite to borderline playoff team. Everyone calm down: it is only seven games into an 82-game season. While the Nets have merely been slightly above average so far this season, there are still some things to be excited about, including that Kevin Durant still looks like the best player in the world. Additionally, reports came out that apparently, Kyrie Irving is looking to return to the team sooner versus later. That will pull Brooklyn out of its slump pretty quickly and turn it back into a team that looks unbeatable. For this game, the Nets need to rebound better and get strong games from James Harden and Kevin Durant.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets Daily Fantasy Picks
Cam Reddish has taken a huge step forward in his NBA career during the first chunk of games in the 2021-22 season. Reddish has taken a massive leap from scoring 11.2 points per game on an average of 28.8 minutes per game to averaging 16 points per game in 24.9 minutes through November 1st. Head Coach Nate McMillan has been quite conservative in how many minutes some of his players have been on the floor and should be a factor in your DFS decision-making. Still, Reddish has a higher value in DFS than his salary, so you should take advantage until there is an overcorrection.
LaMarcus Aldridge has surprised me and, likely, many others as well. If you take out his first game against the Milwaukee Bucks, where he didn’t get a ton of minutes or shots and was probably shaking off the rust, Aldridge averages 15 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. These aren’t colossal numbers; however, he could help you win some money in DFS as a utility player, especially on a tight budget. Aldridge has proven he can still be an effective scorer and should be used throughout the rest of this season in a more significant role in the Brooklyn Nets’ offense.