Hawks vs. Knicks: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2012

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When the Atlanta Hawks enter the basketball kingdom known as Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to face the New York Knicks, only one word will fittingly describe the scene: Linsane.

Cheesy clichés aside, this is a matchup that could be a trap game for the Knicks if they don’t take it seriously. New York wants to head into the All-Star break coming off a win, so beating an injury-plagued Hawks team is a must.

 

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

When: Wednesday, February 22, 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: Not Nationally Televised

Live Stream: NBA League Pass

Listen: ESPN Radio

 

Betting Line: Covers

Over/Under: 186.5, Spread: New York -6.5

I have the score in this game going over—and fairly easily so. With the Knicks getting Carmelo Anthony back from injury and the team trying to work things out, I understand the skepticism, but the Hawks don’t play great defense. Add in the fact that they are missing two of their best players this has "track meet" written all over it. New York covers the spread easy.

 

Injuries: via CBS Sports

Atlanta Hawks

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Jason Collins, Out until at least late March

Al Horford, Out until at least mid-April

Joe Johnson, Out until at least Feb. 29 vs. Golden State

New York Knicks

Josh Harrellson, Out until at least early March

Iman Shumpert, Questionable for Feb. 22 vs. Atlanta

Bill Walker, Questionable for Feb. 22 vs. Atlanta

 

What They’re Saying

Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni told the New York Post:

“It will be interesting, that’s for sure. With this short season, we’re trying to get the team right. If we have everybody in the right situation and comfortable, we’re going to be good. You hate to do it, but look at who we’re bringing in. We’re bringing in four guys who could be four of our top eight guys. That’s hard to do at this stage.”

 

Key Matchup: Jeremy Lin vs. Jeff Teague

The New York Knicks offense is run through Jeremy Lin, so the production of both Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony falls on his shoulders. With a solid defender in Jeff Teague likely fielding the task of guarding Lin, how the Knicks point man responds will be the difference on Wednesday.

I'm guessing that Lin will walk away with another double-double: 13 points and 13 assists to go with just four turnovers.

Final Prediction: Knicks 107, Hawks 94

 

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