Hawks In For Revenge At Knicks

 

The Knicks will go into this game full of confidence after downing Atlanta 95-91 just a few days ago and will want to improve their fortunes at Madison Square Garden as they look to continue their progression in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks however, will want to bounce back and feel encouraged by a New York side that have only one win out of five at home, and are struggling at the foot of the Atlantic Division.

Averaging 93 points per game, they  have failed to prove their worth against Conference leaders, with only Carmelo Anthony doing anything of note for the 8 time Conference winners. But with wins in two of their last three, they look as though they are fighting to rectify the results that has seen them move into tenth in the Eastern standings, and will certainly be preying on the Hawks for back-to-back victories.

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Head-to-head, the Knicks have been pretty convincing in recent times with the Hawks unable to down New York since early 2012. They will hope that the form of Al Horford will go someway to amending that after scoring 23 points on Wednesday, whilst Jeff Teague also showed his prowess with 25 points and eight assists. Despite this they struggled to convert their 3 point shots in a fairly even game which proved to be the difference, with the Knicks converting 12 of their 34 attempts.

The Hawks have yet to face serious opposition so far and have won three of their last five, building up a 103 points per game average in the process. Defeats on the road against the Denver Nuggets and LA Lakers, who sit in the lower half of the Western Conference will keep the Knicks tails up, and could end their baron run at the Square Garden on November 16 2013.

A tight game on Wednesday, this one could go either way and will mostly once again go down to those three point differences. Whichever way it does go however, expect points. Both teams are regularly shipping in 100, with the Knicks looking to continue to turn their fortunes this weekend after their recent 120-89 point mauling from the hands of the imperious Spurs.

Though it could prove more of the same. Lacking shot blockers, the Knicks will be once again without Tyson Chandler who continues to recover from a broken leg, which could see the Hawks swoop and take full advantage.

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