ATLANTA HAWKS (60-22) Vs BROOKLYN NETS (38-44)
The Hawks led by Coach Mike Budenholzer set a record in the East wining 19 matches in the winter. As a consequence, the starting 5 shared the Kia Player of the Month honors for the month of January. A franchise record four players (Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Paul Milsap and Al Horford) made it to the All-Star game. On the other hand, Brookyln made the playoffs as they play in a historically inept Eastern Conference entailing NBA commissioner, Adam Silver to acknowledge the need for a change in the playoff seeding system.
The Nets still pose a threat as ex-Hawk Joe Johnson can catch fire at any point. Brook Lopez has had a solid season and was the primary reason for the Nets’ late season surge into the playoffs.
Underrated players to watch out for: Dennis Schröder and Thaddeus Young.
Prediction: Hawks in 5.