The Brooklyn Nets are looking for another win over Atlanta Hawks. A rematch will be going to happen between these two teams this Friday shortly after their first matchup where the Nets won by four. Both teams have something to prove that is why this matchup is expected to be a close fight as well.
Brooklyn Nets Preview
The Nets will try to make some adjustments to beat the Atlanta Hawks for the second time this season. They are eager to get this job done as the opposing team was vastly improved over a season and there’s a chance that they will face them when playoffs come.
Brooklyn is ranked third in offensive scoring with the team averaging 121.6 points per game. Kevin Durant is the main reason here as he’s like an offensive mechanism who scores 20+ points at will every game.
Unluckily, Spencer Dinwiddie will be sidelined for the remainder of this season because of an ACL injury. This is a big loss for them as he’s a large part of their success, especially last year. The supporting cast needs to step up to fill the void that he left.
Notable Player: Kevin Durant
After a year of recovering from an Achilles injury, Kevin Durant seems to be back in shape. He’s now in focus on leading the Brooklyn Nets to contention. This team will achieve greater heights if he stays healthy throughout the season.
Durant led the Nets last Wednesday posting almost a triple-double stat line. He drops 33 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists on 50 percent field-goal shooting. They took over in the final quarter and finishes the game in their favor.
Starting Lineup Prediction
Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Atlanta Hawks were one quarter away from beating the Brooklyn Nets last Wednesday night at Barclays Center. Unfortunately, they lost firepower in the final quarter and allowed Kevin Durant to take over. The defense is the weakness of this team. They lack versatile defenders that can lock up the blazing scorers of the opposing team.
Hawks still need to fix holes defensively. Despite ranking first in average points per game, they are ranked fourth-worst in efficiency allowing the opposing teams to score 120.2 points per game against them. DeAndre Hunter has a lot to offer on the defensive side yet he still needs to figure it out in his new role on the team’s system.
Notable Player: Trae Young
Trae Young is having magnificent performances early this season. He’s averaging 33 points while dishing out 8.3 assists in his first four games. Surprisingly, he frequently goes into the foul line taking 15.5 attempts per game.
Ice Trae needs to at least repeat what he has done on their first meeting for the Hawks to make a statement. His scoring and playmaking ability will be their weapons to beat Kevin-Durant-led Brooklyn Nets.
Hawks Starting Lineup Projection:
Brooklyn Nets will likely win this game. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are too much to handle. Hawks don’t have any player who can hold at least one of them as their defense right now can’t stop a scoring machine.