NBA Playoff Preview: #1 Atlanta Hawks vs. #8 Brooklyn Nets
|2014-15 season||Atlanta Hawks||Brooklyn Nets|
|Record||60-22 (1st in the East)||38-44 (8th in the East)|
|X-Factor||Kyle Korver||Brook Lopez|
The Atlanta Hawks are the feel-good story of the NBA this season, taking a team, full of talented but unknown names to the common basketball fan, to first place in the Eastern Conference, guaranteeing them home-court advantage throughout the East playoffs. Head coach Mike Budenholzer is almost a lock to win Coach of the Year after turning the Hawks from barely a playoff team to a 60-win first place team. With a lineup that features great passing, hot shooting, and solid defense if the Hawks play like the did in the regular season, they will be a tough out in the playoffs. The highest scoring player on the team is forward Paul Millsap, who is averaging 16.7 PPG, not a lot for a scoring leader on an NBA team. That is the style coach “Bud”–as he’s known to his players, preaches team concepts on offense and defense.
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Being the top team in the East has its positives, like facing the eighth team in the same conference, which happens to be the 38-44 Brooklyn Nets. Yes, a team with a 46% win percentage is in the playoffs. Oh the lovely Eastern Conference and its terrible teams.
Brooklyn backed its way into the postseason with a victory over the lowly Orlando Magic, followed by a Pacers loss to the Grizzlies. The Nets have a talented starting lineup that includes Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Deron Williams, but they do not have he depth to hang with Atlanta. If this game was played five years ago the aging Nets might have a chance, but it’s not, so the series should be over sooner rather than later to save NBA fans the torture.
Prediction: The Hawks make quick work of the Nets for 1st round series sweep in 4 games.
Let me know what you think, will the Nets win one game in the series? Comment below.
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