National Basketball Association
Atlanta at Brooklyn
When: 3:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 16, 2018
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
The Brooklyn Nets and Spencer Dinwiddie are enjoying quite a week, the team riding a four-game winning streak and its sixth man flourishing with a contract extension heading into Sunday’s home contest against the struggling Atlanta Hawks. Dinwiddie, hours after signing a three-year extension, came off the bench to score 27 points in the Nets 125-118 home victory Friday over Washington, a game in which Brooklyn saw a 16-point lead dwindle to four in the fourth quarter.
“It was nice to see him after everything that’s happened,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said about Dinwiddie to reporters after Friday’s game. “I thought he took it to another level, defensively and offensively. He was outstanding all around.” Brooklyn scored a season-high 70 points in the first half Friday in moving within two games of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Hawks do not have playoff aspirations this season, falling 129-108 at Boston on Friday to lose for the 16th time in the past 19 games. “The hole that we put ourselves in was a big issue,” Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce told the media after the Hawks fell behind 42-19 after one quarter. “We just have a way of getting off to slow starts.”TV:
3 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Atlanta), WCBS (New York)ABOUT THE HAWKS (6-22):
Rookie Kevin Huerter has scored a career-best 19 points in consecutive games, shooting 9-for-14 from 3-point range in that span and leading all NBA rookies in 3-point percentage (42.4 percent) for the season. John Collins continues to excel in his second season, scoring 11 points with 14 rebounds at Boston for his sixth consecutive double-double. Atlanta committed nine turnovers in the first quarter Friday and on the season averages a league-worst 18.1 miscues per game.ABOUT THE NETS (12-18):
Dinwiddie, who averaged 8.9 points per game across his first four seasons, has blossomed in his second season in Brooklyn – averaging 17.2 points and five assists per game on a career-best 47.7 percent shooting from the field. Joe Harris added 19 points Friday and has shot 17-of-31 from the field in averaging 14.7 points in his past three games. The Nets average 109.9 points per game but have surpassed that mark in four of their past five games.BUZZER BEATERS
1. Harris ranks seventh in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 45.3 percent.
2. Dinwiddie is averaging 21.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting from the field in seven games this month, scoring 17-plus points in six straight contests.
3. Collins leads Atlanta in scoring (17.7 points per game) and rebounds (9.4 per game), and during his double-double streak is averaging 21.7 points and 13.2 rebounds.PREDICTION:
Nets 116, Hawks 102
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