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New York Knicks vs Atlanta Hawks Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 07:30 PM

NBA | BASKETBALL
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Logo New York Knicks
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Logo Atlanta Hawks
215.5
OPENNER
-3

213.5o -110
CURRENT
-1.5 -110

+103
MONEYLINE
-123

117
SCORE
108

The New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks continue their spirited series on Saturday in Atlanta, with each team entering the game going in different directions.

The Knicks are coming off a 108-85 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. New York has won two straight and seven of its last 10.

Atlanta gave up a seven-point fourth-quarter lead and dropped a 124-118 decision to the Miami Heat on Friday. The Hawks have lost four in a row and eight of their last 10. The Hawks are 3 1/2 games outside the final playoff spot, currently held by New York.

This will be the third meeting between the teams this season, with New York winning both previous games. Atlanta's Trae Young missed the second game because of COVID-19. The Knicks have won six straight regular-season games against the Hawks, though Atlanta defeated New York in five games in the first round of the playoffs last season.

New York's RJ Barrett has been on a hot streak. He scored 32 points against the Mavs and, at age 21, became the youngest Knick to post back-to-back 30-point games. His effort against Dallas helped New York reach the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 7.

"I think we're going to find success if we continue to do the little things and just continue to work and be consistent throughout the rest of the season," Barrett said. "As long as we do that, we'll put ourselves in a good position."

The teams made a swap with each other on Thursday. The Hawks traded Cam Reddish to the Knicks in exchange for Kevin Knox and a 2022 protected first-round pick.

Reddish was Atlanta's No. 1 draft pick and No. 10 overall in the 2019 draft. He has been hampered by injuries throughout his career, most recently an ankle sprain. In 34 games this season he is averaging 11.9 points and 2.5 rebounds.

Knox was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 draft. After starting 57 games as a rookie, when he averaged 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds, Knox fell out of favor. He has played only 13 games this season and is averaging 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds.

"This gives us two, three weeks before the trade deadline to see if a small tweak does kind of change the trajectory of the season," Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk said. "By doing this early, it gives us that little runway to evaluate."

Reddish approached Schlenk during the offseason about being traded to a team with whom he could enjoy a bigger role.

"He's a super-high talent," Schlenk said. "We all see that. But we're trying to blend the team together, as well. ... He could certainly go on and have an all-star caliber career and I wouldn't be shocked at all by that. ... I completely understand where New York is coming from. If I was New York and I had three first-round draft picks the way they did and you look at Cam Reddish's potential, I get that."

Reddish will not play against his former team Saturday, however. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said Reddish will be out "a while" because of a sprained ankle.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
New York Knicks
107
108
Atlanta Hawks

New York vs. Atlanta Recap MAY 30TH 2021

Atlanta's Trae Young torched the visiting New York Knicks for 27 points and led the Hawks to a 113-96 win in Game 4, giving them a 3-1 lead in the series.

Young added nine assists and made four 3-pointers, raising his scoring total to 110 points in the series.

Atlanta extended its home winning streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the NBA.

Atlanta's John Collins finished with 22 points and eight rebounds and played the fourth quarter with a lip laceration suffered after being elbowed by Julius Randle. The foul was initially called on Collins, but the play was challenged by Atlanta coach Nate McMillan and overturned by replay.

The Hawks also got 21 points off the bench from Danilo Gallinari, 12 points from Bogdan Bogdanovic, 11 from Kevin Huerter, and 10 points and 15 rebounds from Clint Capela.

New York was led by Randle with 23 points, on 7-of-19 shooting, with 10 rebounds and seven assists. R.J. Barrett scored 21 and Derrick Rose added 18 points and six assists.

The Knicks led 26-25 after the first quarter and Atlanta held a 53-49 lead at halftime.

The Hawks broke the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Knicks 35-22. They extended their lead to 88-71 when Bogdanovic hit his fourth 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining in the period.

New York got as close as 90-74, but Atlanta scored seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Huerter and a Gallinari dunk, that stretched the advantage to 97-74.

Tensions remained high throughout the contest. New York's Reggie Bullock was called for a technical foul during a timeout with 3:30 left when he sprinted toward the Atlanta bench and had to be restrained by teammate Alec Burks. Less than a minute later, Randle was whistled for a Flagrant One on a foul against Gallinari.

There were 14 lead changes and six ties in the first half.

The best-of-seven first-round Eastern Conference series returns to New York for Game 5 on Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

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