Brooklyn Nets vs Atlanta Hawks 12/10/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Matchup Preview (12/10/21)

The Brooklyn Nets will look to redeem themselves against the Atlanta Hawks after a road loss to the Houston Rockets, who started the season 1-16. Houston has rattled off seven straight wins, and the Nets did not play Kevin Durant or LaMarcus Aldridge in that game. Still, this is a terrible loss, and the Rockets are voluntarily not playing one of their best players, John Wall. Despite being the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, Brooklyn continues to have plenty of volatility in its outcomes. The Nets struggle with consistency on a nightly basis, even though they rank very high in all defensive categories. They have to develop a tenacity about them where they refuse to lose against bad teams if they want to find themselves in the conversation of best teams in the NBA. Meanwhile, the Hawks cannot seem to escape the injury bug. They have been missing Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, and Solomon Hill, which has obviously been painful. Cam Reddish will be available for this game, which certainly helps their cause, but depth is still an issue. Anything can happen if Trae Young has a massive game, though, and the Nets will want to key in on him on the defensive end if they want to secure a tough road win and not drop two straight games.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Betting Odds

Atlanta is 7-5 against the spread at home, while Brooklyn is 6-6 ATS on the road. Both teams have struggled with playing up to their potential, and consistency is an issue. Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge were able to get an extra rest day since they did not play against the Houston Rockets. The Atlanta Hawks are riddled with injuries and won’t have Bogan Bogdanovic, De’Andre Hunter, or Solomon Hill against the Nets. The last thing that Atlanta needs is to be thin on wings when playing against James Harden and Kevin Durant. Despite Brooklyn’s complete inability to cover in games that it absolutely should, I still would slightly lean towards the Nets ATS, but I believe this line is placed perfectly.

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TV Schedule

Date: 12/10/21
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: State Farm Arena – Atlanta, GA
Channel: ESPN

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Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup

PG: Patty Mills
SG: James Harden
SF: Deandre’ Bembry
PF: Kevin Durant
C: LaMarcus Aldridge

Brooklyn Nets Analysis

The Brooklyn Nets are fresh off a bad loss against the Houston Rockets and should make sure they do not drop two straight against teams that they are much better than. Kevin Durant has played like an MVP this season, despite the occasional offensive struggles that they deal with. The most impressive aspect of the Nets is that they have star power offensively but rank first in opponent 3P% (three-point percentage) and second in opponent eFG% (effective field goal percentage). On a night where the Hawks will be without two key wing players, it is hard to imagine that Atlanta will be able to hold James Harden and Kevin Durant at bay. While that may be the case if the Hawks were healthy, they will have to shoot lights out from three, which it is capable of at times, to beat the Nets.

Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup

PG: Trae Young
SG: Kevin Huerter
SF: Cam Reddish
PF: John Collins
C: Clint Capela

Atlanta Hawks Analysis

Atlanta has had to face the unfortunate reality of professional sports early in the season: injuries. The Hawks are missing several key wings, including De’Andre Hunter, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Solomon Hill. These are particularly tough losses to deal with against the Brooklyn Nets, who have Kevin Durant and James Harden. Still, Atlanta has found a way to be competitive without them, particularly because of Trae Young’s tremendous play. Young has been phenomenal in his past eight games, specifically, dropping roughly 30 points, ten assists, and five rebounds with great efficiency. Additionally, the Hawks have worked their way up to first in the NBA in 3P% (three-point percentage), second in offensive efficiency, fifth in eFG% (effective field goal percentage), and seventh in points per game. Despite posing as a defensive-centric team early in the season, it is clear that this team should be much more focused on offense.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks Daily Fantasy Picks

After a slow start to the season and an initial difficulty adjusting to the new style of officiating, Trae Young has been playing some of his best basketball recently. Young has averaged 29.6 points, ten assists, and 4.9 rebounds in his past eight games on a 49/44/85 shooting split. Young does everything on offense and has grown in maturity in every way. The Hawks can struggle at times with consistency as they are 13-12, but Young does not seem to have off nights anymore. Meanwhile, Brooklyn is a terrific defensive team, especially contesting shots, but Young should not have too much trouble, especially considering the range he can shoot the ball. Young should be a terrific DFS play in this matchup, and a 30-35 point game is easily within the realm of possibility.

Unless something significant changes, I will love deploying LaMarcus Aldridge in my DFS lineups for the foreseeable future. Since Aldridge is a bit older, he does not play with as much flash and flair, but he can still fill up the stat sheet and has proved that since taking over Blake Griffin’s minutes in the rotation. Aldridge’s averages on the season aren’t incredibly impressive, but his stats over his past nine games are, especially for a player who was retired and out of basketball last season. He has put up 16.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in his past nine, including three games that he did not even start in. Aldridge is another player whose salary has not caught up with his true value, and I don’t see him slowing down, honestly.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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