The Brooklyn Nets will try to bounce back from their most lopsided loss of the season when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The Nets committed a season-high 25 turnovers and shot 40.5 percent from the floor in Monday's 116-95 loss at Boston, just their fourth setback in the last 16 games.
"That was kind of the old Nets," coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters of the sloppy play. "That was a big problem of ours last year and the beginning of this year." Brooklyn will try to rebound at home, where it has won seven of its last eight, a stretch that includes a 144-127 triumph over Atlanta on Dec. 16 in the Nets' highest scoring game at the Barclays Center, their home for six-plus seasons. The Hawks bounced back two nights later with a win to ignite a 5-1 push but they've since lost four of five. Atlanta nearly pulled off a victory at Toronto on Tuesday but allowed the Raptors to score the game's final six points in a 104-101 loss.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Atlanta), YES (Brooklyn) LINE: Nets -9
ABOUT THE HAWKS (12-28): Guard Kent Bazemore (ankle) missed his fifth straight game, center Miles Plumlee (ankle) was out for the third game in a row and guard Kevin Huerter (calf) also sat out the loss in Toronto. John Collins recorded his 14th double-double in the last 17 games with 21 points and 14 rebounds while Jeremy Lin made good use of his first start of the season with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with nine assists. The veteran guard has 35 points on 15-of-19 from the floor in 52 minutes over his last two games.
ABOUT THE NETS (20-22): Guard D'Angelo Russell had six of the turnovers at Boston and scored just five points after averaging 26.5 over his previous four games. Rookie Rodions Kurucs went in the other direction, following up a five-game span in which he was 10-for-31 from the floor by hitting 8-of-15 shots en route to a career high-tying 24 points. Russell scored 32 points and seven others had at least 11 in the win over the Hawks last month, Brooklyn's third straight triumph in the series.
1. Nets PG Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 13.3 points on 40.5 percent shooting in January after averaging 20 points on 46.6 percent in December.
2. Collins is 7-for-10 from beyond the arc in January after going 12-for-46 through the end of December.
3. Brooklyn SF DeMarre Carroll (knee), who has scored exactly 20 points in each of his last two outings, missed the game in Boston but hopes to return to action Wednesday.
PREDICTION: Nets 119, Hawks 107 Bet Now
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