Atlanta Hawks versus New York Knicks NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

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The Atlanta Hawks will travel north to the cold weather as they face the New York Knicks from NBA pro basketball on Sunday night. The Hawks and Knicks will begin from Madison Square Garden at 6:30PM Eastern Time and ESPN handles the broadcasting duties.

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The current odds available for wagering has the home standing New York Knicks favored by -5 ½ points with an over under line of 192 points. A money line bet on the New York Knicks returns –225 odds with the road underdog Hawks bringing back +185 odds for the upset win.

It has been a roller coaster ride of January for the Atlanta Hawks. Just when the calendar switched from 2012 to 2013 the Hawks brought in the New Year with four straight losses. The losses began to pile and pile and up until January 19th Atlanta had a record for the month of January of just 2-8. Included in that ten game span was a humiliating 97-58 defeat at the Chicago Bulls. No excuses for Atlanta as the team had a day of rest for this beat down of monumental proportions. The team suspended Josh Smith for a game for behavior detrimental to the team and that was a turning point for this franchise. To suspend a star would be huge news if it happened in a big market. It’s Atlanta so the impact is only felt with the team. It was a turning point because the team could have tanked or surged from this embarrassment for their superstar. The Hawks have now put together a three game win streak. They overcome a 29-10 first quarter deficit on Friday night in a 123-111 home overtime win against the Boston Celtics. It has not been a good January for the New York Knicks as well. The team has a losing record of 5-6 this month. They have played for much of January without Raymond Felton who has recovered from his broken pinkie and will be playing his second game since returning from injury. The Knicks were beaten badly by the Philadelphia 76ers last night by the score of 97-80. With Felton getting back into playing shape he should control the ball more and get the Knicks going again but it could take a few more games.

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