New York Knicks - Atlanta
Mike Woodson must be wearing asbestos clothing at present because there is no hotter seat in the NBA than being coach of the New York Knicks. With just three wins from their last ten, Manhattan’s Money Men are toiling mightily.
They’ll look to rectify something when the Atlanta Hawks visit Madison Square Garden on Saturday, having split their two meetings so far this season. But the last clash, four weeks ago, was typical for New York when the Hawks won 110-90 by shooting 56% and exposing the Knicks lack of scoring in depth.
Over their last four, Woodson’s side are averaging just 84 points – and that is with an awoken Amare Stoudemire chipping in 16. The Hawks are increasingly comfortable with a system which pushes the fast break incessantly to try and catch stagnant opponents out, while also leaning on Kyle Korver’s outside shooting.
That figures to cause problems for the Knicks on every front. Given the mess in New York, stay under the total points line of 193.5 at 1.90 – with Woodson feeling the chills.
It’s been three games and three losses for Kobe Bryant since his return for the Los Angeles Lakers and the presence of the future Hall of Famer seems to have jolted the fragile chemistry that his team had built while he was on the injured list.
With the All Star back in the line-up, the Lakers have given up an average of 114 per night with the added distraction of Pau Gasol making public his discomfort with coach Mike D’Antoni.
They go to the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday, where the hosts have dropped two straight to Indiana and Orlando. However there was plenty to like in their narrow loss to the Pacers and they’re -3 on the handicap at 1.91. But with Bryant yet to find his offensive game, have a punt under the total points line of 197 at 1.91.
Go under the total points line of 193.5 in New York-Atlanta at 1.90
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