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New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks prediction and pick. New York heads south to face a struggling Hawks team while the NBA's two best teams against the spread square off in Oklahoma City.
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New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks Prediction: Who Will Win the Cam Reddish Bowl?

Knicks vs. Hawks Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

When: Saturday, January 15, 7:30 pm ET

Where to Watch: NBA League Pass

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New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks Prediction

As if this matchup didn’t have enough juice already.

The Knicks and Hawks, each in the midst of disappointing seasons coming off surprise campaigns last year, are each the closest teams that the other has to a rival. It started during last year’s regular season, when New York came from behind three times en route to a 3-0 record, and continued into the playoffs, when Trae Young joined the long list of New York postseason villains to etch their names in the scarred minds of Knick fans everywhere.

This season, New York again has had the advantage, with two notable wins against no losses. The last one, on Christmas day, came without Trae Young and saw Atlanta unable to recover from some incredibly hot early shooting from the Knicks. Before that, the Knicks debuted a new starting lineup, with Alec Burks as the de facto point guard in place of the then struggling Kemba Walker.

New York held Atlanta to just 90 points that night, which was highly out of character for a group that is tied for the second best offense in the league and just last night became the first team to put up 40 points in a quarter against the Heat. The Hawks’ issues have been on the other end, where their 28th ranked defense is the reason they continue to lose games like yesterday’s bout with Miami.

The Knicks don’t have nearly such a dichotomy between offense and defense, although since the first few weeks of the season have been far better at getting stops than generating consistent points. Their issues make Cam Reddish an interesting long-term fit, as he should theoretically help on both ends of the floor if he can just smooth out the more inconsistent (and inefficient) parts of his game.

Reddish won’t play here though, joining Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose on the sidelines. As a result of those absences, the Knicks will continue to run more of their offense through RJ Barrett, who is in the midst of the best stretch of his young career. The Hawks have DeAndre Hunter back but may be without Clint Capela to protect the rim, which means lots of lob opportunities for Mitchell Robinson, another Knick that has been finding his game of late.

The Knicks haven’t been good against the spread (4-6) as a road dog, but the Hawks haven’t been much better as a home favorite (7-9). New York has been playing better, with a 7-3 record outright and ATS in their last 10, but even so, this feels like a toss-up and Atlanta is certainly the more desperate team. Give the points at home.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction

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A battle of the best two teams in the NBA. Where Vegas is concerned, at least.

Through more than half the season, the Cavs have the best winning percentage against the spread in the entire league, having covered 68.3 percent of all games. Hot on their heels though, with 12 covers in their last 15 games, are the Thunder, who have beat expectations 65.9 percent of the time.

This will be the first matchup between the two surprise teams, and all signs point to advantage: Thunder. For starters, the Cavs are finishing up a grueling six-game West Coast road trip and are playing on the second night of a back to back here, having beaten the struggling Spurs in San Antonio last night. They’ve also come back down to earth after an unreal beginning to the season, having covered just eight of their last 12 games.

The Thunder haven’t been doing much winning outright, with losses in seven of their last nine, but they always keep it close, are finishing up a brutal stretch of their schedule, and perhaps most importantly, are coming off maybe their most impressive win of the season – a 130-109 demolition of the Nets in Brooklyn. Even without KD on the court, it was as good as OKC has looked all year.

This will be a quick pit stop at home for the Thunder before a four-game road tilt, so they’ll be looking to steal a victory in what is shaping up to be a competitive race for the 10th seed in the West. Take the points at home.

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