NBA Playoff Picks – Atlanta Hawks Look To end series Game 6 vs Nets


Just when it seemed as although the Brooklyn Nets would step up and push the Atlanta Hawks to the wire within their opening round best-of-7 NBA Playoff Picks series the momentum has changed again. Now the Nets mightn’t recover. Atlanta took a 3-2 series lead with a 107-97 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday despite the fact that Al Horford had dislocated his finger and Jeff Teague has twisted his right ankle because those two still was able to score 20 points each while DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver each stepped up as well. Now the two sides head back to Brooklyn for Game 6 on Friday night with the Nets once again hoping that they may shift the momentum of the series back their favor and force a Game 7 in a must-win situation.

DeMarre Carroll shows why you shouldn't give up on the Hawks

DeMarre Carroll shows why you shouldn’t give up on the Hawks

Atlanta Hawks @ Brooklyn Nets

Game 6 – Hawks lead Best-of-7 Series 3-2

Friday, 8:00 PM ET

NBA Betting Line: Atlanta -4

The fact Horford and Teague were as effective as they certainly were despite each coping with nagging injuries is impressive not forgetting the consistently advanced level of play the team has gotten from Carroll and Millsap throughout the series. Korver struggled earlier on in the series but he hit 5-of-12 3-point shot attempts in Game 5 and if they can find his rhythm in early stages in Game 6 then Brooklyn will undoubtedly be very much more dangerous. Atlanta had no trouble addressing 107 points despite getting just 16 combined points from its bench in Game 5. The starters will undoubtedly be called on to obtain the task done again on Friday and considering the nagging injuries and the truth that the Washington Wizards happen to be awaiting them next round after sweeping the Toronto Raptors you will see an urgency to summary this series as soon as possible.

Following a big performance in Game 4, Deron Williams was held to five points on 2-for-8 shooting while Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 7 points on 3-of-8 shooting in Game 5. Alan Anderson and Jarrett Jack combined for 41 points off the bench nonetheless it didn’t matter nearly just as much with Williams and Bogdanovic both struggling from the field. It’s become difficult to trust any among that group of guards on a game-to-game basis and it won’t help that the Nets best big man is fatigued either. Head coach Lionel Hollins admitted that Lopez has been, “gassed the last two games” and that he must “find out a way to give him a little more rest” in order that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Brooklyn has proven many people wrong by getting this far in the very first place but whether or not they can rally and force a Game 7 is a very different question.

Outlook & Picks

The Hawks have been the higher team all season and whilst the Nets could have caught them off guard for a set of wins those victories had just as much to do with Atlanta struggling from the field as they did Brooklyn playing at a high level. Williams and Joe Johnson have lacked consistency all year while Lopez is obviously fatigued as well. The Hawks heated up in Game 5 at home and if they can carry over that momentum in to this game they need to have the ability to complete the series in six games. NBA Playoff Picks: Atlanta -4


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